Stuff co.nz 12 June 2019
A Timaru man who grew and smoked cannabis to self-medicate has escaped penalty with a District Court judge citing the adoption of “less stringent” sentences for cannabis offending.
Nicholas Richard Brown was discharged without conviction for cultivating cannabis when he appeared before Judge Joanna Maze in the Timaru District Court on Thursday, having admitted the charge at an earlier date.
Judge Maze ordered the destruction of 54 plants, 77 seedlings, and 26.96 grams of cannabis head seized from the man’s address by police on a search warrant at 5.01pm on October 3, 2018.
Brown used three or four ounces a week to treat chronic pain, and had enough for 12 weeks when he was arrested.
“Following a work accident, not at all of your making, you elected to use cannabis to self-medicate,” Judge Maze said.
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