Fine for man with gout caught smoking cannabis in car

A MAN who was caught smoking cannabis in his car in Kesh has been fined. Michael Cecil James Roulston (30) of Ballinamallard Road, Omagh appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with possessing a class B controlled drug, namely Cannabis.
On June 27th 2018, police were on patrol when they got a call from a member of the public explaining that there was a person in a Vauvhall Vectra smoking cannabis at Muckross in Kesh. When police arrived, they searched the car and found two grams of cannabis in a tin worth around £10 located close to the armrest . 
Roulston made full admission to the offence in interview. 
Defence Barrister Ciaran Roddy told the court his client suffers from gout and uses cannabis for medicinal purposes, adding that he visits his GP regularly and has previously tried a number of herbal remedies. 
Mr Roddy continued saying his client’s cannabis use was not a significant problem as he is aware it can become a vicious circle and explained that Roulston is regretful that he is before the court. 
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said that he had no proof of Roulston’s condition but accepted that he did suffer from gout, and advised him that cannabis is still illegal.
Judge Ranaghan made a destruction order for the Cannabis, and fined Roulston £225.

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