OPINION: Five-year sentence for Ireland cannabis caregiver is ‘brutal’ and ‘widely disproportionate’

OPINION: Five-year sentence for Ireland cannabis caregiver is ‘brutal’ and ‘widely disproportionate’
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Earlier this month Irish dad-of-two, Patrick Moore, was sentenced to five years for the cultivation and supply of cannabis, much of which was donated to severely ill patients. The tragic consequences will be felt by many, writes friend and long-time activist, Peter Reynolds. Patrick Moore lives with his partner and two teenage children in rural County Limerick in Ireland. In September 2020, at the height of the pandemic, a huge force of armed gardai raided their home. Patrick was out at the time so Ali, his partner and their two children were faced with 15 armed men brandishing automatic weapons. Ali called Pat and he returned home immediately. He told the gardai there were cannabis plants growing in the shed at the back of the house and handed them the key so they could investigate. They discovered 19 plants, three small seedlings, the rest in various stages of flowering. They also collected together some bags of trim which had been put aside to make oil, amounting in total to 2.4kg. The gardai also found two notebooks which recorded financial transactions and a calendar that indicated cultivation had been going on for some time. Last week, at Limerick District Court, having already pleaded guilty to cultivation and supply, Pat attended his sentencing hearing. The whole family was there and I went along to offer moral support. We waited from 11am, until his case was finally called around 4pm. The trim was valued by gardai at €48,000 (€20 per gram) and the plants at €15,200 (€800 each), a total of €63,200 [approximately £54,209]. By 5.30pm he had been sentenced to five years in jail, the final two suspended. A cannabis caregiver  As acknowledged in court, the gardai had been acting on information received, and clearly believed that Pat was some sort of…

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