Drugs with a value of up to £2,000 were discovered in a raid by police on a Galashiels home, a court heard.
Initially, Craig Mein, 52, faced a drug-dealing charge due to the quantity of cannabis – 211 grammes – found.
However, Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that it was now accepted the cannabis was all for his own personal use.
Mein pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of being in possession of the class-B drug at his home in Woodstock Avenue on October 17.
Defence lawyer Robert More disputed the value of the cannabis found, saying £2,000 would be its maximum value if it was cut up into deals.
He added that its bulk value would be more like £750.
Mein, said to be on £125-a-a-week employment support allowance, was fined £500 by sheriff Michael Fletcher.