Monday 25 September 2017

Suspended sentence for father-of-four who grew cannabis plants for medicinal purposes

Nicola Donnelly

A MAN who grew €6,000 worth of cannabis plants for his own use without a licence for medicinal purposes has been given a four month suspended sentence.

Des Archbold, who suffers from anxiety and stress following a needle-stick injury, grew the cannabis plants at his home to use to relieve pain, Balbriggan District Court has heard.

Archbold (42) of Ashfield Rise in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to the cultivation of the cannabis plants at his home on August 15th, 2012.

Garda Gerrit Durnin gave evidence that following a search of Archbold's home, cannabis plants with a street value of €6,000 were found. He said each plant was valued at €800.

Defence solicitor Mr Sean Brown said the 42-year-old father-of-four has been stressed and suffers from anxiety following the needle-stick injury.

“He had no intention of selling or supplying,” said Mr Brown.

Mr Brown told the court that Archbold was using the cannabis for medicinal purposes and wasn't aware of the high value of the plants.

“He took matters into his own hands to use the cannabis to relieve pain. Following the injury his life spiralled out of control and he wouldn't have grown the plants if it wasn't for the illness he is now suffering.”

Mr Brown said Archbold has spoken to his doctor to find alternative legal methods to relieve his stress and “he won't go down this road again.”

Judge Dermot Dempsey said he would not deal with the case by way of the Probation Act and a charitable contribution but sentenced him to a four month sentence, suspended for two years. He fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.

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