A CHRONICALLY-ill man appeared in Armidale Local Court doubled over in pain, facing charges of growing medicinal marijuana.
Alan Williams was convicted of four charges relating to the possession and cultivation of cannabis on his Ebor property.
The 49-year-old spent most of his time before the court in visible pain after he repeatedly refused a delay on his sentencing after his colostomy bag burst.
“I don’t care if I go to jail or not,” Williams said on Monday.
According to his defence solicitor Joel Eng, Williams suffered from chronic pain, diabetes and pancreatitis, as well as two stokes and a seizure over the past few years.
He had no criminal convictions and gave evidence to police he had grown the cannabis plants as a last resort and to gain weight.
“I put on 10 kilos,” Williams said.
Mr Eng said: “It actually helped his health.
“We ask for mercy from the court.” Williams’s Ebor property was searched on the morning of January 15 after a tip-off, police said.
While at the property, police found 2004.8 grams of dried marijuana, as well as 88 cannabis plants in a greenhouse and flower bed.
Police noted Williams “freely participated in a notebook interview” where he admitted to growing the plants for his own pain relief and to gain weight.
Magistrate Karen Stafford noted Williams’s cooperation with police and evidence the cannabis had been for personal use only. “I know there is a lot of moves to get cannabis administered by doctors … but it is still illegal,” she said.
She placed Williams on a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered the drugs be destroyed.
All patients should have the right to grow his/her own medicine!
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” (Article 3).
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control” (Article 25, Paragraph 1).
Whereas this Declaration applies to everyone and all people, whereas many doctors are banned by legal requirements from treating their patients with cannabis-based medicines and whereas many people cannot afford access to cannabis-based drugs we thus declare that:
1. Every medical doctor has the right to treat his or her patients with cannabinoids and cannabis products according to the rules of good medical care.
2. Every patient has the right to access cannabis and cannabinoids for medical treatment supervised by a medical doctor, regardless of social status, standard of living or financial means.