A JUDGE has ordered a teenager who was sharing cannabis with friends to hand-deliver a donation to a centre helping drug users so he can see for himself the impact drug use has on people.
Adam McCann (19) was found with €400 worth of cannabis after gardai stopped a vehicle in south Dublin.
Judge Patrick Clyne ordered him to donate €500 to the Merchants Quay Project and said he would strike out the matter, leaving him without a conviction.
The judge said he wanted McCann to personally deliver the cash to the centre and to be shown around it so he can "see for himself the destruction of using drugs".
The defendant, of Llewellyn Close, Ballinteer, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Gda John Healy said he was on mobile patrol at Meadow Grove, Dundrum, last January 26 when he stopped a 2006-registered vehicle.
He said McCann was a passenger in the vehicle. The car was searched and McCann admitted to having cannabis with a street value of €400.
Gda Healy said McCann was interviewed by gardai and admitted he was sharing the cannabis with his friends. He also told gardai he was not making any money from sharing the drug.
The court heard McCann had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor John Neville said the accused attended his GP shortly after this incident and was prescribed a course of anti-depressants.
Mr Neville said the defendant is no longer smoking cannabis and has parted ways with his former friends.
The solicitor said McCann is undertaking a horticultural course and has been involved in fund-raising for charity.
He said the defendant is hoping to travel to Canada to work and asked the judge to leave him without a conviction.
Judge Clyne said he "couldn't give a toss" what McCann smoked but he "cared what he encouraged his friends to do", and that by supplying them with cannabis he was "helping them to ruin their lives".
Mr Neville also said McCann's father was in court to support his son and he was unimpressed with his behaviour.
Judge Clyne ordered McCann to hand-deliver the €500 donation to the Merchants Quay Project so he can see the place, and "be glad you haven't ended up there".