A man who suffered an arm injury in an industrial accident who claimed he didn’t like taking a “plethora” of prescription medication because it made him ill was found in possession of cannabis after being stopped speeding.
Jeff Tennant (24), of Gleneagles, Cloughmills, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted possessing the Class B drug on March 24 this year.
A prosecutor said police stopped a Volkswagen Golf on the Frosses Road dual-carriageway and when they detected a smell of cannabis the driver pointed out a small amount of the drug.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant had been stopped for speeding which was dealt with by a penalty notice.
The lawyer explained that in 2014 the defendant suffered a serious arm injury in an industrial accident and he didn’t like taking a “plethora” of medication as it made him ill but cannabis was alleviating the pain on the date in question.
The defendant had a previous caution for a similar offence.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he recognised the defendant had difficulties but said he could not self-medicate with cannabis and urged him to contact his GP.
The defendant was fined £100.