A man who grew cannabis for his own use to relieve his back pain has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Police found plants at the man’s house who suffers from spondylosis at the base of his spine. He said that he self-medicated with the illegal drug to ease his symptoms as well as taking a large number of prescription medications.
His latest offence was in breach of a two-year conditional discharge given to him by the court for similar offences. He is also waiting for spinal surgery.
Magistrates told him that because of the previous offences, they were giving him a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, but said he could have expected a stiffer sentence, had he not had a medical condition. They also placed him under a curfew between 8pm and 8am for three months.
I’m not sure what the curfew is all about, but as a back pain sufferer myself I can understand how you can get into a position where you will try ‘anything’ to help ease the pain and he obviously tried cannabis and it worked.
One day I think ‘cannabis’ will become legal for medical reasons, but until then we will all just have to manage on presciption medications.