Man who grew cannabis at home faces trial

An Emirati man, who faced trial for allegedly possessing small plants of cannabis for production, claimed it was for personal use only.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:18 PM

He is also accused in the Court of First Instance of possessing more than half a kilo of hashish for personal use.

A senior police officer in the Anti-Narcotics Division of the Dubai Police said they were tipped off that the defendant possessed and used drugs. “With a prosecution warrant, I went with other narcotics officers to the defendant’s residence in Bur Dubai on December 10 last year. He was not there at the time, so we waited for him. We asked him whether he possessed any drugs.”

The accused willingly led the police officers to a closet where 3 pieces of hashish and a bag containing a dry plant, suspected to be marijuana, were found. Other suspicious-looking smoking rolls were found in a drawer in his bedroom.

The police found cannabis plants in his balcony, which he admittedly was growing for his personal use. Drugs were also found in his car.

According to the Crime Lab report, the drugs seized from the accused weighed more than 510 grams.

The same report showed that his urine sample tested positive for hashish.

The defendant admitted that all the seized drugs belonged to him.

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