Ezekiel 47:12 the leaf thereof for medicine. Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
says he now faces a life of pain
He claims homegrown drug brought him daily relief
By Eilidh Davies
July 6, 2008
An Inverness man convicted at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday of growing cannabis plants at his home said he now faces a life of constant pain.
It was said that Alexander Mearns, 62, of 130 Old Edinburgh Road, used the drug to ease excruciating pain in his back, hips and legs but, since he was caught, he has had to go back to chemical painkillers.
Mr Mearns was fined £300 after admitting producing the class B drug in the loft of his house.
Police found six large cannabis plants and 10 small cuttings. They also recovered 229 grams of herbal cannabis. The total had a street value of £1,300, the court was told.
Sheriff Derek Pyle said: I have considerable sympathy with you but, at the end of the day, courts and prosecuting authorities and the police have to enforce the law as it stands, not as what some think it ought to be, Im afraid. Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Revelation 22:2 the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. Philippians 2:11 Jesus Christ is Lord, Hebrews 12:2 Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;)
Outside court, Mr Mearns said he believed the sheriff had been very fair, but he said he thought the fine was quite heavy.
He said: It should be made legal.
In Canada you are allowed to grow two plants, and in America they have machines where you can get cannabis if you have a doctors line.
Mr Mearns has suffered from cancer three times in the past 13 years and has diabetes, arthritis and back pain due to a twisted spine, and found smoking cannabis a great relief.
Before taking cannabis Mr Mearns was on a daily diet of 14 to 16 pills, including morphine-based tablets, despite the dose being a maximum of just eight.
The former lorry driver said cannabis made a huge difference to the quality of his life.
He said: It really does work. Previously, I was in constant pain and could not walk far. After taking cannabis I could get out the house again and even go fishing.
The effects were outstanding so much so that I stopped taking my painkillers. (Revelation 18:23 for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.)
Mr Mearns said, although he was saving the NHS the cost of his painkiller prescriptions, buying cannabis on the street was costing him a fortune, so he decided to grow his own for his personal use.
But now he has reverted to the painkillers, and the pain he thought he had eased has returned. He said: Now I cant go anywhere again. I cant even walk upstairs, so I have to sleep on the couch in the living room. (Jeremiah 46:11 in vain shalt thou use many medicines; Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers,)
I really cant do anything.
His wife, Elaine, 53, said: When he started using cannabis, I got the hubby back that I used to know. Now its just a case of popping pills every day, and hes in considerable pain.
Courtesy The Press and Journal
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