An “egocentric and obstinate” Dundee man caught growing cannabis in his flat was told to renounce his love of the drug or be sent to jail.
A court heard eight officers discovered the cannabis plants after raiding Steven Harper’s Lochee flat following a tip-off.
Harper, 29, admitted producing a controlled drug at his home in Burnside Court on February 13.
Gary McIlravey, defending, said: “He likes cannabis. He feels the law is wrong and he can’t say anymore than that.
“The plants were for his own use. He now has to mingle with drug dealers, so there’s a negative aspect to that.”
Sheriff Elizabeth Munro told Harper: “My first reaction to this was to send you to prison.
“Basically, you want to carry on as before? I don’t see why the rest of us should subsidise your cannabis habit.
“What you don’t realise is your cannabis habit has affected your brain. You are not thinking right at all.
“The social work report describes you as egocentric, obstinate and not likeable.”
Hunter interrupted from the dock, saying: “I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m just smoking weed.”
Sheriff Munro replied: ”You are painting me into a corner. Do some wider reading on the subject instead of just the articles that suit you by the time you come back here.
“But if you haven’t changed your mind, you are going to prison.”
Sentence was deferred until October 27.
By Graeme Ogston