Back pain blamed for St Keverne man's cannabis possesion

Back pain blamed for St Keverne man's cannabis possesion

Back pain blamed for St Keverne man's cannabis possesion

First published in News

Taking cannabis to relieve his long-standing back pain because nothing else worked led a St Keverne man to Truro’s magistrates’ court, where he was fined £150 for possessing the illegal drug.

Dennis Covington, aged 48, of North Corner, St Keverne, pleaded guilty to the charge.

He told the magistrates he smoked cannabis for pain relief. His doctors had been unable to help him, he had been told an operation might not work and could leave him in more pain, and he found the drug was his only relief.

“I don’t know any other way to try to help myself,” he said, adding that his back pain had been ongoing for 15 to 20 years.

Covington also had to pay £105 costs and surcharge.

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2:17pm Wed 25 Sep 13

Owen Richards says...

We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. The British people have been systematically misled and deceived about cannabis for nearly 100 years.

If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires, blighting communities and involved in human trafficking. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to.

Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they export Sativex all over the world at a vastly inflated price when anyone can grow the equivalent at home for pennies.

The popular myth that cannabis is a major cause of mental health problems is entirely false. That's not to say it is harmless but peanut allergy causes more health harms. The facts of hospital admissions and the numbers in treatment show that cannabis is a minor cause of problems and irrelevant in public health terms. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, all prescription and OTC medicines. More than that, experts now recognise that for most adults, in moderation, cannabis is actually good for you. It acts as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and helps to protect against autoimmune conditions such as diabetes and cancer. It is also neuroprotective and helpful in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

The rest of the word is leaving Britain behind and taking advantage of the huge financial and health benefits of cannabis. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us. Find out the truth about cannabis for yourself.
We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. The British people have been systematically misled and deceived about cannabis for nearly 100 years. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires, blighting communities and involved in human trafficking. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they export Sativex all over the world at a vastly inflated price when anyone can grow the equivalent at home for pennies. The popular myth that cannabis is a major cause of mental health problems is entirely false. That's not to say it is harmless but peanut allergy causes more health harms. The facts of hospital admissions and the numbers in treatment show that cannabis is a minor cause of problems and irrelevant in public health terms. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, all prescription and OTC medicines. More than that, experts now recognise that for most adults, in moderation, cannabis is actually good for you. It acts as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and helps to protect against autoimmune conditions such as diabetes and cancer. It is also neuroprotective and helpful in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. The rest of the word is leaving Britain behind and taking advantage of the huge financial and health benefits of cannabis. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us. Find out the truth about cannabis for yourself. Owen Richards
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9:22am Thu 26 Sep 13

moreachesandpains says...

"....where he was fined £150 for possessing the illegal drug....." .I wish the press would get their facts right. This man was not fined for possessing an 'illegal' drug he was fined for possessing a 'controlled' drug. There is no such thing as an illegal drug. What is 'illegal' is our actions with regard to controlled drugs. Our stupid government are so frightened of rocking the boat with regard to drugs they continue to persecute certain users of certain drugs under the auspice of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The idea of drugs control (currently gifted, in total, to organised crime) is to reduce harm. All this government manages to do is use the MoDA to increase harm dramatically. They urgently need to regain control of the drugs black market and the only way is to legalise adult access to cannabis and control it in a similar way to alcohol (which strangely is absent from the MoDA despite the massive harms it causes). The rest of the world has finally seen the light but we continue to wage this war on our own citizens who choose to seek the massive medicinal benefits of cannabis while, at the same time, allowing big business to exploit these benefits with impunity (google Nabiximols / Sativex).
"....where he was fined £150 for possessing the illegal drug....." .I wish the press would get their facts right. This man was not fined for possessing an 'illegal' drug he was fined for possessing a 'controlled' drug. There is no such thing as an illegal drug. What is 'illegal' is our actions with regard to controlled drugs. Our stupid government are so frightened of rocking the boat with regard to drugs they continue to persecute certain users of certain drugs under the auspice of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The idea of drugs control (currently gifted, in total, to organised crime) is to reduce harm. All this government manages to do is use the MoDA to increase harm dramatically. They urgently need to regain control of the drugs black market and the only way is to legalise adult access to cannabis and control it in a similar way to alcohol (which strangely is absent from the MoDA despite the massive harms it causes). The rest of the world has finally seen the light but we continue to wage this war on our own citizens who choose to seek the massive medicinal benefits of cannabis while, at the same time, allowing big business to exploit these benefits with impunity (google Nabiximols / Sativex). moreachesandpains
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9:41am Thu 26 Sep 13

morgansgoat says...

Legal government subsidised bullying, that's all these so called police do, how about you do your job and keep violent crime off the streets instead D&C police? That too scary for you is it? Got to bully innocent people out of their little treats instead? I don't know why we even bother to pay taxes, we do a days work and can't even enjoy a little spliff at the end of the day!
Legal government subsidised bullying, that's all these so called police do, how about you do your job and keep violent crime off the streets instead D&C police? That too scary for you is it? Got to bully innocent people out of their little treats instead? I don't know why we even bother to pay taxes, we do a days work and can't even enjoy a little spliff at the end of the day! morgansgoat
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10:09am Thu 26 Sep 13

Pawel_Si says...

£150 is still cheaper than Sativex. But the fact that someone is harassed by the Police and government simply for getting some pain relief is simply disgusting. Why UK is so backwards?
£150 is still cheaper than Sativex. But the fact that someone is harassed by the Police and government simply for getting some pain relief is simply disgusting. Why UK is so backwards? Pawel_Si
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6:06pm Sun 29 Sep 13

Dr Martin says...

Pawel_Si wrote:
£150 is still cheaper than Sativex. But the fact that someone is harassed by the Police and government simply for getting some pain relief is simply disgusting. Why UK is so backwards?
Are you sure it's for back pain?, not the "stoned" feeling?
[quote][p][bold]Pawel_Si[/bold] wrote: £150 is still cheaper than Sativex. But the fact that someone is harassed by the Police and government simply for getting some pain relief is simply disgusting. Why UK is so backwards?[/p][/quote]Are you sure it's for back pain?, not the "stoned" feeling? Dr Martin
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