Grantham court: Brain surgery man grew cannabis plants for headache relief

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A man who underwent brain surgery four years ago grew cannabis plants because he wanted the drug to relieve the pain of severe headaches.

Ross John Lamin, 33, of Green Hill Road, Grantham, admitted producing eight cannabis plants. Prosecutor Marie Stace said police were called to Lamin’s home at 7.45pm on November 29 and smelled cannabis when they entered the house. They found eight plants and various paraphernalia used to cultivate them. He told officers he was growing the plants for pain relief following a brain operation.

Defending, Rory Macmillan told the court that Lamin had brain surgery in 2009 to have an abscess removed. He spent 13 weeks in hospital.

Mr Macmillan said: “He has ongoing problems with memory, balance and coordination. He has persistent headaches, sometime severe. He was unable to work until September this year and he is now working when he can as a farm labourer.

“He told the police he was using cannabis to ease the headaches and as a way of not using pills all the time. So he decided to have a go at growing his own cannabis. This is his first and last attempt. By the time the police came four of the plants had died in stagnant water. It was a bad mistake and he is very sorry for it. He has stopped using cannabis and will rely on legal painkillers in future.”

Magistrates gave Lamin a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £15.