Terminally ill NZ man who grew cannabis for pain relief has been sentenced in court

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Police found seven mature cannabis plants inside the terminally ill man's garage.

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Police found seven mature cannabis plants inside the terminally ill man’s garage.

Two men who grew cannabis for their own “medicinal” use have been sentenced in the Invercargill District Court.

Daniel Joseph Butler, 60, and Paul James Joseph Dempster, 51, both appeared before Judge Bernadette Farnan in court on Tuesday.

Their cases were unrelated, but both said they grew and smoked cannabis for their own medicinal use.

Dempster’s lawyer, Scott Williamson, told the court Dempster was terminally ill, and that both his mother and partner had recently died.

Judge Farnan said police found a purpose-built room at the back of Dempster’s garage, which contained seven mature cannabis plants.

She accepted that Dempster had a chronic illness, and said he had told police cannabis helped him with his pain relief.

“He grew [cannabis] because it reduced the cost of buying it,” Farnan said.

She sentenced Dempster to nine months’ supervision.

Meanwhile, the court…

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