Lowestoft man grew drugs for pain relief, court told

A LOWESTOFT man who suffers from ill health has been given a suspended prison sentence after a court heard that he grew his own cannabis for pain relief.

A LOWESTOFT man who suffers from ill health has been given a suspended prison sentence after a court heard that he grew his own cannabis for pain relief.

Kevin Anderson, 52, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and is waiting for a hip replacement admitted growing three cannabis plants and possession of cannabis and was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

Recorder Roger Harrison told Anderson, of Henham Road, Lowestoft, that if he reoffended he was likely to be sent to prison.

David Pickersgill, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, said that police officers who went to Anderson's home found him trying to flush cannabis plants down his toilet.


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Andrew Thompson, for Anderson, told the court that his client suffered from poor health and had a liver transplant in 1995.

He was prescribed painkillers for his rheumatoid arthritis but had found that cannabis was effective at controlling his pain.

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