Ballymena Court hears man was 'self-medicating' with cannabis

Ballymena Court hears man was 'self-medicating' with cannabis

A DEFENCE solicitor said a man was "self-medicating" health issues with cannabis but he had reminded him using the Class B drug is an "offence under our law regardless of what the medical profession may or may not say".

Lawyer Stewart Ballentine was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court (main picture) regarding Conor Joseph Sweeney (31), with an address listed as Linenhall Street in Ballymena, who admitted possessing cannabis on June 20 this year.

A prosecutor said police saw two males "acting suspiciously" in the Devenagh Way area of Ballymena and when they walked into Ballymena town centre officers in an unmarked vehicle carried out a stop and search and a bag containing three grammes of cannabis was in the defendant's pocket.

Mr Ballentine said: "Unfortunately due to his difficulties he has been using cannabis for a considerable number of years and he would like to stop this.

"This is an offence under our law regardless of what the medical profession may or may not say about the use of cannabis."

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "He is going to put himself in prison, not me".

The defendant was given a two months prison term, suspended for a year.