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Monday 5 December 2016

Jamaican man was smoking 20 joints daily

A Jamaican man caught with nearly €700 worth of cannabis had become addicted to what was seen as a
A Jamaican man caught with nearly €700 worth of cannabis had become addicted to what was seen as a "macho" drug in his home country, a court heard

A JAMAICAN man caught with nearly €700 worth of cannabis had become addicted to what was seen as a "macho" drug in his home country, a court heard.

Timothy Brown (38) had been smoking up to 20 joints a day when gardai found the drugs at an apartment in Dublin.

Brown, of The Chandler, Arran Quay, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply at Parnell Street on May 8, 2012.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for a pre-sentence probation report.

Brown had started smoking cannabis at the age of 15, his barrister said.

He came to Ireland in 2003 and was now a citizen.

"In Jamaica, smoking cannabis is viewed as a very macho type of activity," he said.

However, the "drug of recreation became a drug of addiction, unfortunately" for the accused.

"The most mundane task could not be completed without the aid of cannabis," the accused's barrister said.

Brown was now off the drug which had put pressure on his marriage.

His wife had been unprepared to start a family until Brown was completely clean. The accused had worked night shifts in a supermarket but was now on a "career break".

The majority of the cannabis he had - €692 worth - was for his own personal use.

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