Clipstone man used cannabis for pain

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A man with crippling arthritis was caught with more than £970 worth of cannabis at his Clipstone home.

Police raided the home of Peter O’Sullivan (48) of Third Avenue, after a tip off and found a quantity of the drug and growing equipment.

Admitting a charge of producing cannabis, he said it was for personal use and was smoking around one ounce of the drug a month to ease severe arthritis in his neck, back and spine.

He had no previous convictions and had no legal representation in court, but said that he was now on new medication for his illness and it was working. Although unemployed, he said wanted to get back into engineering.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and made to pay £65 in costs.