Motherwell cannabis user warned over ‘self-medication’

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard of accused's cannabis use.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard of accused's cannabis use.

A cannabis user from Motherwell has been warned he faces ‘substantial’ sentences if he continues to smoke the drug for medical reasons.

A sheriff told Marshall Dalziel he was lucky to avoid jail after being caught with cannabis worth £480.

Dalziel (58), of Horatius Street, was originally accused of dealing in the drug, but at Hamilton Sheriff Court today he admitted a reduced charge of possession only at a house in Birrens Road, Motherwell, on December 2 last year.

Defence agent Elspeth Forrest said Dalziel’s position from the start was that the cannabis was for his own use.

She told the court: “He has adopted cannabis smoking as a way of self-medicating.”

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen asked: “Is he going to stop?”

Mrs Forrest replied: “He tells me he will. With help he probably could, but without help he won’t.”

Sheriff MacFadyen imposed a one-year supervision order and told Dalziel he must complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.

The sheriff told him: “It’s up to you if you want to address your use of cannabis for self-medication.

“I shall take your word for it and I’m willing to spend some public money on addressing it through this order.

“It’s an alternative to custody, though, because of the amount of drugs in this case.

“If you continue to consume cannabis and are convicted of possessing substantial amounts the penalties will be substantial.”