A Lurgan man used cannabis to ease the pain of arthritis, Craigavon Magistrates Court was told last Friday.
James Patrick McDonagh (49), Drumlin Drive, Lurgan, was fined £175 for possession of herbal cannabis on November 21 last year.
He was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.
The court heard that police received a report from nursing staff at Craigavon Area Hospital that a small bag containing a green substance had been found on the defendant. It was confirmed to be cannabis.
Mr Pat Vernon, representing the defendant, said the amount was worth about £14 and was for McDonagh’s personal use.
He added that his client suffered badly from arthritis and he took the drug to ease the pain.