Man used cannabis to self medicate, court hears

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Police executed a search warrant at the home of an Oban man and found Class B drugs and an air rifle, the town’s sheriff court has heard.

The property was found on September 19 last year at the home of Craig Sheppard, aged 41, of 5 Fladda Road.

He admitted possessing cannabis and possessing an air rifle without a certificate.

Police found half-an-ounce of cannabis and Sheppard remarked: ‘It’s just a bit of weed,’ Mr Glancy told the court.

The accused told officers he had owned the air rifle, which was in very poor condition, ‘for years’ and long before the law required a certificate for one.

Edward Thornton, representing Sheppard, who was not in court, said at the time of the offences in September last year, his client had been dealing with the end of a long-term relationship.

He had been living on his own and had used alcohol and herbal cannabis as a form of self medication, the court was told.

Sheppard was not a man frequently in trouble, said Mr Thornton, and since that time, there had been a ‘substantial improvement’ in his circumstances, he said.

His last conviction was in 2001. Subsequently, Sheriff Patrick Hughes admonished Sheppard of both charges.