Ballymena Court: Man was growing cannabis plants and had ‘Magic Mushrooms’

Ballymena Court

A MAN who said he was growing cannabis for his own use also had ‘Magic Mushrooms’, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

David James Hodge (33), a joiner, was in court for sentencing on charges of cultivating cannabis and possessing Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms).

A prosecutor said around 11am on June 10 this year police attended the defendant’s property with a search warrant.

Ten herbal cannabis plants were in a garage along with a bucket of “some cannabis cuttings”.

The prosecutor said cannabis was being grown inside a cupboard with heat lighting and ventilation.

Also recovered in the house was a “small packet of Magic Mushrooms”.

The defendant told police he was cultivating the cannabis for his personal use.

Defence Neil Moore said people sometimes believe they can use cannabis for “therapeutic” purposes and said there is an ongoing discussion about legalisation.

The lawyer said the mushrooms are a class A drug because of their hallucinogenic properties.

He added: “They can be found growing in fields. They are a wild fungus and can have hallucinogenic effects”

He said the defendant had ceased drugs misuse and was open to getting assistance.

District Judge Nigel Broderick put the defendant, of Argyll View in Larne, on Probation for a year.

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