Ilfracombe man grew cannabis to help relieve pain

08:00 12 January 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

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Painter and decorator was found with £600 worth of the home-grown drug in a jar under his bed in police raid.

A PAINTER and decorator found with home-grown cannabis stashed in his bedroom said he smoked it to relieve pain from a spinal condition.

Richard Banka, of 9 Regent Place, Ilfracombe, was found to have £600 worth of cannabis in a glass jar under his bed when police raided his home.

Officers also drug growing paraphernalia in a separate bedroom and Banka admitted in interview he had grown the drugs for his own use.

Banka pleaded guilty to the charge of possession and said he had been smoking the drug on and off for 15 years to help him deal with pain.

Magistrates sentenced him to a conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

1 comment

  • It is absolutely disgusting that this man is treated like a criminal, simply for trying to relieve his pain. Study after study has concluded that cannabis is far safer for adults to consume than both alcohol and tobacco, so why does our government insist on spending tens of millions of pounds per year trying to tackle it? Under a legalised scheme, thousands of taxable jobs would be created, helping to massively boost our economy. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.comcvf420

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    Max Fernandez

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

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