A MAN suffering from agoraphobia bought cannabis seeds over the internet and was trying to grow them in an effort to self-medicate, a court heard.
David Quigley (43) was caught with three cannabis plants after his home was raided by gardai.
Judge David McHugh fined him €200, saying he did not want to see him before the court again.
The defendant, of Scribblestown Park, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis as well as growing genus cannabis without a licence.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched the defendant's home last March.
She said that during the course of the search, three cannabis plants varying in size and maturity were found.
The estimated street value of the plants was €600. Sgt Callaghan said gardai also found cannabis with a street value of €100.
Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said Quigley, a single father-of-one, had the cannabis for his own personal use.
He said the defendant is currently not working and is receiving disability benefit for depression and anxiety.
Judge McHugh said that what Quigley was doing would not help his depression.
Ms McEvilly said Quigley was self-medicating at the time, but he is now seeing a doctor and is on prescription medication.
The court heard he started taking cannabis as he was suffering from migraines and had agoraphobia, or the fear of open spaces, and was not happy leaving his home.
Ms McEvilly also said he bought the seeds over the internet and was teaching himself to grow the plants.