Man Growing Cannabis In Rural Offaly For “Health” Purposes

Written 2 months ago by Newsroom

A man claims he was growing cannabis in rural Offaly for medical reasons.

Tullamore District Court has heard how the premises of Krystian Szalasny, a 57-year-old Polish man with an address at Caplevane, Lusmagh, Banagher were searched on January 10 last.

Sgt James O’Sullivan described gardai finding seven cannabis plants in a shed, with an estimated value of €6,500.

He said the man told gardai he was growing and grinding it for medical purposes because of pains in his knees and osteoarthritis.

The defendent is an unemployed man who was assisted in court by an interpreter and who declined the opportunity to have a solicitor assigned to him.

He told Judge Catherine Staines he had the cannabis for health purposes and while she told him that medical cannabis is legal, growing it is illegal and she fined him €200.