A CROHN’S disease sufferer who had 11 cannabis plants at his home used the drug to ease the pain, a court has heard.
Police found the stash and 32 wraps of the Class B drug in the attic after executing a misuse of drugs search warrant at Steven Bodker’s home address.
Crohn’s disease is a bowel disease that causes inflammation or ulceration of the digestive tract.
The 33-year-old, of Friday Street, pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug of Class B and being in possession of a controlled Class B drug.
Paul Hedley-Saunders, defending, said, “He’s entered a timely guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.
“He gave full and frank admissions at police station level.
“The charges are the production and possession of cannabis, it’s not with intent to supply.
“It’s entirely for personal use.
“With the 32 wraps he told the police and me that he would bulk buy.
“He wanted to grow his own cannabis so he didn’t have to deal himself with street dealers any more.
“He took the cannabis for Crohn’s disease – a very painful stomach illness.
“He said the cannabis relaxes him and eases the pain. He wishes to reduce his cannabis consumption because of the cost it causes him and the problems with the law.
“He’s arranged an appointment to see his GP about cannabis intake and medication about Crohn’s disease.
“The defendant wishes very much to attend some kind of substance misuse programme to reduce his intake of cannabis.”
For the production of cannabis he was fined £85 and £67 for possession.
He must also pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.