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Ross-shire fisherman who self-medicated with cannabis is fined at Inverness Sheriff Court

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.

A FISHERMAN who suffers from a health condition took cannabis to help alleviate his symptoms.

But police received a report that 32 year old Alexander O'Neill of Market Street, Ullapool was growing his own cannabis and on October 22 last year, raided his home.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told officers found a tent in a bedroom with three large cannabis plants, two feet in height as well as 37 grams of herbal cannabis and one gram of cannabis resin.

Defence solicitor Patrick O'Dea said: "He discovered that cannabis alleviated his condition and he uses it to self medicate.

"He now has advice on how to regulate his access to cannabis and is seeing his GP.

"He has been in the fishing industry for 14 years but his income has dropped significantly since Brexit," Mr O'Dea added.

O'Neill was fined a total of £380 after admitting producing the controlled drug and possessing amounts of cannabis.

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