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Ballymoney man was smoking cannabis joint as he pushed pram through crowds at Halloween event

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POLICE on patrol at a Halloween lantern parade in Ballymoney detected a smell of cannabis and when they followed a man who was pushing a pram through crowds he dropped a lit ‘joint’ on the ground and said: “It’s going to be legal in a few years”.

Wayne Reid (37), of Henry Street in Ballymoney, admitted possessing cannabis on October 28 last year when he appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court heard the drugs were worth around £10.

A defence solicitor said the married father of a young child had a “very small amount” of the drug.

The defendant had a relevant record and as well as fining the defendant £250, District Judge Peter King referred the matter to the Crown Court as it was in breach of a sentence.

The judge said the defendant had a “cavalier attitude” to drugs.

He told the defendant that whatever happens in the future with cannabis it is currently an illegal drug.

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