Cannabis charge may impede travel plans
A YOUNG Taghmon man's failure to stop smoking cannabis may have cost him his chance to travel to, and work in, a number of countries.
Conor Furlong, (19), of 49 Monastery Avenue, Taghmon, appeared before Wexford District Court last week charged with possession of cannabis resin at Stream Street, Taghmon, on February 6, 2010.
He had no previous convictions and an updated probation officer's report was presented to Judge Gerard Haughton.
Ed King, for Furlong, said his client is the youngest in a family of seven and had been due to complete his apprenticeship as a plasterer, but unfortunately that work is no longer available to him.
He said that Furlong hopes to travel in the future – plans a drugs conviction would seriously impede – and that he is no longer involved in that type of activity.
However, Mr King had just received the updated probation officer's report and as Judge Haughton read through it he pointed out that Furlong told the probation officer he hasn't stopped smoking cannabis, but has reduced his intake.
Judge Haughton convicted Furlong of possession of cannabis resin and fined him €100. ' This case has been in the court for 12 months and if he hasn't stopped using then he's not getting the benefit of the probation act,' the judge said.