Defendant claims "cannabis isn't a drug"

Defendant claims "cannabis isn't a drug"

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man, who told officers that he believed “cannabis isn’t a drug”, has been handed a suspended custodial sentence.

The case of Kieran Joseph Martin, (34), of Lurgan Tarry, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse on Wednesday, October 6.

The court heard that on June 3 this year, officers noted a male under the influence on the Antrim Road, Lurgan, with a white plastic bag and a strong smell of cannabis.

A search of the white plastic bag detected two jars of cannabis weighing 12 grams and when questioned during interview on June 22, he told officers that the cannabis was his but that it wasn’t “a drug”.

In his defence, the court was told that Martin has suffered with mental health issues in the past which was a major factor in the offending.

Deputy District Judge Greg McCourt told the defendant that “the law states cannabis is a drug” and imposed a three month custodial sentence, suspended for three years for the offence.


A previous suspended sentence was also re-suspended to run consecutively for three months.

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