A compassionate country

Some people get dealt a pretty shit hand in life.

A man's wife is murdered.

A few years later he loses one of his sons to suicide.

Then he is involved in an accident which leaves him incapable of work.

I would call that a pretty raw deal by any standards, and I would expect life to treat him with a certain level of sympathy and compassion.

But there again, this is Ireland, the Land of Saints and Scholars and all that shit.

To alleviate his pain he had taken to growing his own supply of cannabis.  He has a [perfectly justifiable] distrust of so called "conventional medicine" and preferred to use his own initiative and labour to provide his own medication.  He converted his attic and grew six cannabis plants. 

You'd think that would be the end of the story, but you forget that this a law infested country.  He was up in court, where his six plants were described as a "sophisticated operation" [What the fuck? Six plants? Sophisticated?] and he was convicted and given two years in jail for "sale and supply" despite there being no evidence whatsoever that he supplied anyone with the stuff. 

Presumably his pains aren't going to go away just because he is in prison, and we can safely assume that they won't supply him with cannabis for medicinal purposes, so he is going to forced into taking "conventional medicine" even though he objects to the stuff.  Personally I would call that inhumane treatment.

I would dearly like to know how the chap ended up in court in the first place.  He was hardly flooding the local market with his six plants worth of supply, and the plants themselves were nice and cosy up in his attic so presumably some interfering snot poked their nose into his business and dobbed him in it.  I hope they're proud?

Isn't this a wonderful country?

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A compassionate country — 14 Comments

  1. The land does indeed look wonderful. Like here it is th arseholes pretending to run the place that fuck things up and of course those who are so fucking scared of their own shadow they look the other way when the arsholes fuck things up.

    In short the perfect combination for government to prosper.

    • It is a classic example of a law that protects no one except the "morally superior".  Fucking thing should be scrapped.

  2. That story really p's me off GD, the guy wasn't doing any harm.

    In contrast, read this – cannabis-grower-gets-suspended-sentence

    Street value €50,000, pleaded guilty of having drugs for sale or supply, built a bunker to grow the stuff,

    “I think perhaps you were driven to trying to survive in the magnificent peninsula of Dunmanus Bay,” Judge Moran said.

    • Of course he wasn't doing any harm.  And the other case just shows how evil the legal system is here – one gets two years because he wanted to medicate himself and the other gets off because of where he lives.  Fucking unbelievable.  Mind you, the whole business could be solved if only they removed the laws that ban growing a plant on your own property.

      That wasn't you in Dunmanus by any chance? 

  3. Here, if you are suspected of growing pot, the police can get your electric usage from the electric company and if it's out of the ordinary,(What's ordinary?), then they can use that as grounds for a search warrant.

    • Suppose your hobby is growing cacti, or electrocuting the local puppies?    It seems a bit hit and miss?  Big Brother is watching!


    The great wheel of life is just a bowl of cherries. You get run down by the great wheel and end up as a squashed cherry.

  5. If his attic wasn't insulated the growroom probably glowed like a beacon on a passing Garda helicopter's infra red camera. They then check the electricity usage and if it's high, they have reason to believe that drugs are on the premises and can search. No warrant needed.

    • Just get a grant from the gubmint for extra attic insulation.  I'm sure it would be granted if you claim it's to "green" the environment?

  6. Sad to say, I can top that. Fella here ended up in court last month after being found with  £1.59  worth of cannabis (don't know what that is in Uranuses or whatever you use for currency these days).

    And if you think that's a waste of police time, try this one – few years back the local do-gooders held a Fair Trade wine-tasting and invited all the island's top clergy and politicos. They were too drunk to make their own ways home and too tight to call taxis. Luckily, this was 2 doors down from the town police station.

    For the next 2 hours the sole police van for the south of the island was unable to respond to crime or even make the rounds, as it was too busy ferrying the island's high and mighty home.

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