August 1, 2014

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Wife gets probation in marijuana growing case

MEDINA — A 49-year-old Liverpool Township woman will spend two years on probation for helping her husband grow marijuana at their home.

Erin Staub, of 5580 Sleepy Hollow Road, told county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier in court Monday that she let her husband, 63-year-old John Staub, grow the marijuana as a replacement for his medication.

Erin Staub

John Staub

Prosecutors in October agreed to reduce Erin Staub’s charges to attempted marijuana cultivation, a fourth-degree felony, in exchange for her testimony against her husband. Her original charge was a third-degree felony.

Her attorney, Kristopher Aupperle, said John Staub was on medication and had several prescriptions for drugs — including a “synthetic marijuana.” Aupperle said Staub asked his wife about growing real marijuana to replace the medication.

“Ultimately, she helped him set up a marijuana grow operation at their house,” Aupperle said.

The husband is scheduled for a Jan. 13 trial in Collier’s court. He is charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Erin Staub told Collier that her involvement in the operation was very minimal.

“I helped him mount a light since he couldn’t do it because of his back, but that’s all,” she said. “I wasn’t involved in the actual marijuana growing.”

In connection to her court proceedings, Staub was tested 19 times for drugs. All results came back negative. She said she tried marijuana only once to see if it would help her chronic headaches.

In addition to probation, Staub was suspended from driving for six months.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt At (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.