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Pensioner Grew Drugs at Home: 'It Was to Relieve Pain of Arthritis'


Nug of the Month: Aug 2008
A pensioner who was caught growing cannabis plants has appeared before Calderdale magistrates.

Susan Mattock, 66, of Ramsden Street, Wheatley, Halifax, admitted producing cannabis.

She said the only reason she grew the cannabis plants was to give her pain relief from arthritis.

Mattock was given a community order, told to do 50 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.

The court heard the plants were discovered after her husband was arrested following an investigation.

Their house was searched and Mattock told officers she had some plants in the cellar and hydroponics equipment was discovered.

Paul Ramsey, prosecuting, said an officer estimated the street value of the cannabis the plants would produce at £6,102.

But Chris Haddock, for Mattock, said this was unrealistic. He referred to a scientific report that said the plants were not being cultivated effectively.

Mattock told officers she was growing the plants to help with her arthritis.

Mr Haddock said: "There was no prospect of personal gain other than relief from pain."

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Source: Halifax Courier
Author: Elaine Jinks
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