Judge tells Randalstown man using cannabis for 'pain relief' to 'consult your doctor'

Judge tells Randalstown man using cannabis for 'pain relief' to 'consult your doctor'

A MAN from Randalstown said he was using cannabis as pain relief for chronic hip arthritis but Antrim Magistrates Court Judge Nigel Broderick told him: "You have to understand that taking cannabis is illegal. If you need help with pain relief you should consult your doctor".

Paul Quinn (42), of Mill View, admitted a charge of possessing drugs after around 30 grammes of herbal cannabis "worth "£90" and grinders were found during a police search at his home on September 10 this year.

He told police it was for personal use and, a prosecutor said, the defendant was "apologetic".

A defence lawyer said the defendant said he has put taking drugs "behind him".

The lawyer said the defendant's partner has "put an amnesty on any of his drug taking and he realises he can't be living there while taking cannabis."

The lawyer said Quinn realised "any benefit he gets in terms of his health from cannabis is offset by any chance of him living with his partner".

The defendant, who had a previous record, was given a two months jail sentence, suspended for one year.