Drugs case ad­journed for ev­i­dence from ex­pert wit­ness

The Oban Times - - News -

A COURT case against two men ac­cused of hav­ing cannabis with a street value of £1,120 has been ad­journed to await ev­i­dence from a ex­pert wit­ness in drug quan­ti­ties.

The men, John McLean of Kin­loss Close, High Val­ley­field, Fife, and Ge­of­frey Glad­well, of Dun Bheag, Ruaig, Tiree were jointly ac­cused of hav­ing four 100g blocks of cannabis near to Cor­ran Brae, Oban on Jan­uary 6, 2016.

McLean, 55 and Glad­well, 53, deny the charge of pos­ses­sion and sup­ply, claim­ing the Class B drug was for per­sonal use.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence at Oban Sher­iff Court, Po­lice Scot­land’s ex­pert on drugs and quan­ti­ties, Con­sta­ble John Hose said: ‘ There are no find­ings [ I have re­searched] that say cannabis resin is help­ful in the treat­ment of med­i­cal con­di­tions.

‘ It is gen­er­ally cannabis oil that peo­ple use. It is a cannabid­iol and can be found in med­i­cal cannabis.

‘I have never found any ev­i­dence that cannabis resin can be used for pain re­lief.’

Asked if large quan­ti­ties of cannabis could be ‘stock­piled’ for per­sonal use, Mr Hose said: ‘Cannabis can de­pre­ci­ate over a short pe­riod of time’.

When of­fi­cers asked Glad­well why he was car­ry­ing £932 in cash, on the night of the ar­rest, the court was told it was for ‘shop­ping in char­ity shops, some­thing he likes to do in Oban.’

The case was ad­journed un­til Au­gust 16 for the de­fence case to be heard. McLean and Glad­well are on bail while the case con­tin­ues.

As part of the same case, Glad­well pre­vi­ously pled guilty to pos­ses­sion of cannabis and McLean to hav­ing Di­azepam.

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