A BUXTON man who used cannabis to ease the pain of a brain tumour has been spared a prison sentence.
James Thompson grew the drug for his own use in the loft of a flat, Derby Crown Court heard on Friday.
The 37-year-old admitted producing cannabis and possessing the drug but a judge told Thompson his condition had saved him from going to jail.
Miss Gillian Foxcroft, prosecuting, said police raided Thompson’s flat in Meadow Avenue, Peak Dale, on April 3 this year and found 28 plants in three stages of maturity.
The court was told there was insulated sheeting and a single light source in the loft space.
The plants could have produced a yield of up to 4,000 pounds but that the crown accepted Thompson had grown them for personal use.
He told police he had been growing cannabis for two years and had been using two grammes a day.
Mr Anthony Morris, defending, said: “He had known the effects of cannabis in years gone by and decided to use it again for pain release.”
Recorder David Crigman QC, told Thompson: “You had a brain tumour which caused considerable pain and, no doubt, considerable mental anguish. It is that, and that alone, that persuades me the sentence should be suspended.”
Thompson, now of Cold Spring Farm, Buxton, was given a six month sentence, suspended for 12 months, plus 80 hours’ unpaid work and must pay costs of £280.