Man admits cultivating cannabis

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A 34-year-old man has admitted cultivating cannabis after a number of dead cannabis plants were found in his home.

Glen Magee, of 23 Cambourne Park, pleaded guilty to possession of the class B drug and cultivating the plants on February 7.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police searched Magee’s home and seized a number of items relating to cultivation of the drugs.

They included seven grams of powdered leaves and 971 grams of dead cannabis leaves.

The court heard the dead leaves were “not usable and had been left out for disposal.”

Magee was arrested and interviewed following the search and he told police that he grew the cannabis to feed his own drug habit.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said no live cannabis plants were found in Magee’s house because his client had “wised up to what he was doing and stopped it.”

He told the court the 34-year-old had grown the plants because it was “getting too expensive for him to feed his addiction.”

However, Mr Quigley said Magee made a decision to go “cold turkey” and has now stopped smoking cannabis completely.

District Judge Barney McElholm said it was the type of case that would attract fines.

He offered the unemployed 34-year-old the chance to be considered for community service.

Sentencing was adjourned for a pre-sentence report and Magee will appear in court again on April 20.