Israeli Soldier Who Smoked Marijuana on Base Spared Jail Time

Female soldier, who has since finished her mandatory service, put on probation and fined 600 shekels; relatively lenient sentence due to 'mitigating circumstances.'

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Gili Cohen
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A woman who smoked marijuana on her base about a year ago during her army service but has subsequently completed her full compulsory service in the Israel Defense Forces will be spared a jail term in a plea agreement that was recently agreed to.

The soldier was indicted three months before the end of her time in the army for smoking marijuana with two male soldiers. It later transpired that she had only taken a few puffs.

As a result, and in light of the fact that she is no longer in the IDF, her lawyers asked that she not be sentenced to a jail term or community service.

Although the army normally seeks stiff punishments with respect to soldiers smoking marijuana, due to the mitigating circumstances in this case, the plea agreement provided for her to be put on probation and fined 600 shekels ($155).

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