Cannabis mum “should be praised,” says judge
A mother who grew a few cannabis plants to ease her arthritis deserved commending rather than punishment a judge said.
Canterbury Crown Court heard of the tragic death of Sandra Conway’s husband and how one son had trained successfully to become an architect and her other son who was disabled, taught disabled children.
Mrs Conway 53 of Fosters Close Cheriton, was to be sentenced for producing 39 cannabis plants and possessing three pieces of cannabis resin. She was given an absolute discharge.
James Bisland prosecuting, said police acting under the Misuse of Drugs Act, searched Mrs Conway’s home and found the plants in a cupboard. Packages wrapped in newspaper were found in a drawer and herbal cannabis discovered in the kitchen.
A total of 353grams of herbal cannabis was found with 2.6g of cannabis resin. “She accepted she was growing the cannabis and knew she shouldn’t have been doing it but was doing it to see if she could “ said Mr Bilsand.
All she had done was water the plants. She bought the seeds at a shop in Tontine Street and smoked the cannabis on a casual basis because she suffered from arthritis.
Ian Foinette, for Mrs Conway, said over the last nine years she had undergone all sorts of experiences one would not wish on most people. He declined to dwell on the circumstances which made her a widow but said that she had suffered at first hand and saw her late husband use cannabis to alleviate some of the pain.
Giving Mrs Conway an absolute discharge Judge Anthony Webb said: “I have read everything in this case. In some ways you’re deserving of commendation by this court rather punishment. To have brought up a son qualified as an architect and to have brought up your other son who has done what he has done with disabled children, and to have suffered the grief you have in your life, it is very sad that you are in court this time. I am going to absolutely discharge you in relation to these matters. You must be very careful in future” he said.
Thursday 10 Sep 2009
Please note this is a copy of the orginal article (I was unable to find the orginal)
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