A man found with a bag of cannabis in his car said he smoked the drug to help him sleep.
Christopher Aspinall, 33, of Cleveleys Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, told the court a community support police officer saw Aspinall’s car stop in a known drug dealing area of Dickson Road, Blackpool, on February 21 at 5pm.
Aspinall was stopped later in Cleveleys and a bag of cannabis found in the car.
Aspinall told magistrates that a number of family members had serious health problems and he had smoked a little bit of cannabis to get to sleep.
Aspinall was fined £130 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.