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Campaigner Man who planted cannabis near garda station previously gifted potted cannabis to gardai

It is the latest protest by Condon who has been carrying out similar acts to draw attention to a campaign to decriminalise cannabis


A campaigner who planted cannabis plants near a Cork garda station in an act of “civil disobedience” previously walked into a garda station with planted cannabis seeds inside a pot and handed it to gardai.

Well-known cannabis campaigner Martin Condon planted six cannabis plants on Shandon Bridge in the city and posted a video of his actions.

A garda spokesperson said they have since removed the plants.

“Gardaí removed suspected cannabis plants from Shandon footbridge shortly before 6:30pm on Wednesday 30th June 2021. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”

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The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

Reacting to gardai removing the plants, Martin said: “Imagine the same gardai who cancelled over 3000 domestic violence calls were able to find the time to go dig up a few male Cannabis plants that posed zero danger to the public.”

He said he wanted to encourage more people to plant cannabis seeds around their local areas.

It is the latest protest by Condon who has been carrying out similar acts to draw attention to a campaign to decriminalise cannabis.

Condon, who said criminalising cannabis users is a waste of the State’s money and time, walked into a garda station in Cork last year with cannabis seeds inside a pot and told gardai they could arrest him for cultivating cannabis if they wanted. They did not arrest him at the time but sent the pot for analysis.

The previous weekend he organised another cannabis protest Fitzgerald Skate Park in Cork during which armed gardai turned up and scared away stoned protestors. Officers seized a cannabis plant at that incident but made no arrests.

At the time Martin told Sunday World how he organised the protests because he felt people needed to break the law in order to highlight the need to change it.

He explained how at the time he had an upcoming court case for possessing one joint. “They’re processing that file alongside other crimes where there are actual victims like robberies and assaults. If you’re a victim of one of those crimes you’re also waiting a year to get justice because the system is overburdened with all this possession of drugs charges which do not need to be there because there is no victim outside of the person if they’re an addict. That’s a health issue not a criminal issue.”

He said he was first caught with gardai for possession of cannabis when he was still a teen and has had numerous court appearances since.

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“When I was 17 I was first stopped and searched and was then in the system. I had nine court appearances where I made a donation to the courts charity box. Overall I must have given €2,500 to the charity box all for cannabis possession.”

He said they eventually gave him a conviction and banned him driving for possession of cannabis.

“That wasn’t for a DUI (driving under the influence), that was only for possession. That really annoyed me so I refused to participate in their games so I stopped showing up in court. After three years the guards finally caught up with me and when they did I ended up having to spend five days in Cork Prison when they were slopping out in the cells.”

He said the legal system should not be burdened with simple possession cases.

“The judges see it day in and day out where young people are being brought before them for no other crimes than possession of a drug.

“They have their career prospects tarnished, their ability to travel tarnished and all that goes with a criminal conviction for drugs and there is no need for it at all.”

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