Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Soldier Relieved Pain with Cannabis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Soldier Relieved Pain with Cannabis

Article excerpt

A former soldier who grew cannabis which he used to help relieve the chronic pain of injuries suffered in combat was spared jail yesterday.

Paul Harper was arrested after police raided his home in Marina View, Wallsend, and found a cannabis farm with 29 plants, growing with the aid of sophisticated lighting and watering equipment.

The crop's potential street value was estimated at pounds 11,000, but Newcastle Crown Court heard it was accepted he had grown the plants for medical reasons.

Harper, 48, admitted cultivating cannabis in March last year on the basis he had grown the plants for his own use to alleviate arthritis.

He had developed the condition as a result of his years in the Army in which he served abroad and was injured, the court was told.

Peter Schofield, defending, said it was a debilitating condition causing constant pain in his hands, feet and back which was normally treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

He said Harper decided to set up the cannabis farm with some assistance after finding the drug gave him significant pain relief. …

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