Oct 12 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A Kilmarnock man who grew cannabis for health reasons has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week, 28-year-old Michael Boland pleaded guilty to producing the class B drug at his home in MacKinlay Place last month.
He was also fined £100 for possessing cannabis on the same occasion.
Scott Toal, prosecuting, said that police went to Boland’s home at 9.40am with a search warrant.
He was asked if he had any drugs in the house and “told police that he was a user and had some personal”.
Boland pointed to a box and said that he had some more in a cupboard.
Police found cannabis in a box in the livingroom and discovered more in a plastic tub and in two jars.
Said Mr Toal: “The rest of the house was searched and items used in the production of cannabis recovered.”
These included plant food, lights and a foil growing tent.
The cannabis found was worth a total of £150.
Boland was interviewed at Kilmarnock police station and accepted that he had grown the cannabis that police had recovered.
Said Mr Toal: “He said he used it as pain relief for a medical condition.”
Paul Gallagher, defending, told the court that his client had suffered from the back condition spondylitis for around three years.
“This is a case where he has been topping up with medication not prescribed,” said the solicitor.
His position was that he grew only one plant at a time.
Rather than have to go out and look for the drug, “he took matters into his own hands”, said Mr Gallagher.
Sheriff Iona McDonald noted that Boland had no similar previous convictions, with only one minor matter on his record, and told him: “I trust you now realise you can’t do this.”