Solicitor questions decision to prosecute cannabis user

A SOLICITOR has questioned the decision to prosecute a cannabis user who takes the drug to relieve the pain of a chronic joint condition.

It came after police found the drug in the possession of 24-year-old Gareth Evans while carrying out a search of a property on Sunflower Road, Barnstaple.

North Devon Magistrates' Court heard how officers had searched the property on September 3 after speaking to its owner – who had been cautioned for possessing cannabis earlier that day.

Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, said on entering the flat officers discovered a number of people, including Evans, who were all searched. A small bag of cannabis containing 0.67g of cannabis, worth £6.70, was found on Evans.


He was charged with possessing the controlled drug, and pleaded guilty to the offence during Friday's hearing.

Tim Hook, for the defence, told the court Evans used the drug...

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