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A fa­ther of three grew cannabis at his home in what was de­scribed by his so­lic­i­tor at Sligo Dis­trict Court as a “ba­si­cally win­dow box af­fair.”

Be­fore the court was 45-year-old Colm Dunne of Cir­cu­lar Road, Sligo who ad­mit­ted the cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis plants at his home on Novem­ber 16 th 2015.

Eight plants were dis­cov­ered af­ter Gar­daí car­ried out a search of the home.

A quan­tity of cannabis herb was also found ac­cord­ing to In- spec tor Paul Kil­coyne.

He told Judge Kevin Kil­rane (pic­tured above) that the po­ten­tial street value of the plants was €800 each giv­ing a to­tal of €6,400.

The cannabis herb, weigh­ing 110 grammes was worth €2,300.

Mr Ed­die Henry, so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said it was sig­nif­i­cant that the DPP didn’t pro­ceed with a sup­ply charge and that it was “ba­si­cally a win­dow box af­fair.”

“It was noth­ing elab­o­rate,” said Mr Henry.

The de­fen­dant was a fam­ily man with three chil­dren and wasn’t some­one who drank or went out so­cial­is­ing, said Mr Henry.

“His weak­ness is that he smokes cannabis,” said Mr Henry, adding that the de­fen­dant had been very co-op­er­a­tive with Gar­daí.

He stressed that the In­spec­tor did state when out­lin­ing the case that the value of the plants was a po­ten­tial amount.

“The plants were small and scrawny,” said Mr Henry.

Judge Kil­rane said that while the de­fen­dant may have a dif­fer­ent view this prac­tice was il­le­gal in this coun­try and he had to ap­ply the law as he found it.

“If he wants to con­tinue his life like this then he may well have to em­i­grate and go some­where like Hol­land,” said the Judge.

Mr Henry pointed out that in some State in Amer­ica cannabis was now le­gal.

“Maybe Mr Trump might wel­come him”Judge Kil­rane.

He fined Dunne, whom the court heard did not have any pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, €400.

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