Court told cannabis use was to relieve pain

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SMOKING cannabis to relieve his pain has ended in court for an Eastbourne man who has spina bifida.

William Heard was found in possession of a small amount of herbal cannabis on July 3.

The 41-year-old, of Pensford Drive, pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled drug of Class B when he was before Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, July 10.

Maxine Buck, defending, said, “I ask you to give him credit for his early guilty plea.

“He suffers from spina bifida which causes him a great deal of pain.

“The one thing that does seem to work for him and relieves the stress and strain is cannabis.

“He says he has one or two smokes a day.

“His GP is looking for a substitute for him to use.

“He knows it’s an offence and knows it’s the risk he runs.

“He says he has one or two smokes a day. He’s hopeful that his GP can find him an alternative.”

Heard was given a six-month conditional discharge and must pay £60 costs.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.