Searched shopper had drug.
Richard Maddison, who suffers from bipolar depression, said the drugs were for his own use and helped calm him down.
After pleading guilty to possession of a controlled drug, Maddison, 28, of Cheshire Avenue, Birtley, Gateshead, was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
Prosecutor Justin Gibson told Gateshead magistrates that the Class B drug was found in two cigarette packets when Maddison, who has five previous convictions for drug offences, was stopped on February 11.
Magistrates heard the offence was in breach of a 50-week suspended sentence imposed at Newcastle Crown Court in June 2008 for wounding. The breach will be dealt with by the crown court.