Ill couple from Seaford decide over dinner to grow cannabis

Couple grew cannabis plants like these

Couple grew cannabis plants like these

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AN ILL couple decided to grow cannabis in their home to ease their health troubles.

Suzanne Martin, who suffers from several forms of cancer and her husband Chris, who has heart troubles, decided over dinner one night to grow the plants illegally in their son’s bedroom at their home in Marine Parade, Seaford.

But the police raided their home after a tip-off last October and found a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis growing set up and 28 cannabis plants.

Kevin Thomson prosecuting said: “They made a statement to the police saying they grown the cannabis because of their various medical conditions they suffer from.

“They had a discussion over dinner about the fact that using cannabis could aid pain relief.

“Then they made a decision between them to grow cannabis for their own personal use.

“Suzanne Martin suffers from various forms of cancer and tumours.

“Chris Martin has heart problems.

“Their son has walking problems from a historic car accident.

Mr Martin told Brighton Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday: “I’m normally an honest person and I didn’t realise it was illegal”.

Magistrates fined the pair £200 each plus £85 court costs and £20 victim surcharge.

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8:49am Thu 5 Jun 14

firemanste says...

23 plants is not for personal use and although i have some sympathy for them with their illnesses i think they have gotten off lightly.they must of been eating it breakfast,lunch,tea and supper.it helps m.s. sufferers more than anything else and they could of gotten thc sprays from the doctors
23 plants is not for personal use and although i have some sympathy for them with their illnesses i think they have gotten off lightly.they must of been eating it breakfast,lunch,tea and supper.it helps m.s. sufferers more than anything else and they could of gotten thc sprays from the doctors firemanste
  • Score: 10

9:35am Thu 5 Jun 14

Martha Gunn says...

Who was the victim?
Who was the victim? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 48

9:51am Thu 5 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

"Mr Martin told Brighton Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday: “I’m normally an honest person and I didn’t realise it was illegal”.

Yeah, and I'm the King of Tonga
"Mr Martin told Brighton Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday: “I’m normally an honest person and I didn’t realise it was illegal”. Yeah, and I'm the King of Tonga Goldenwight
  • Score: 2

10:37am Thu 5 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

I suffer from migraines. Can I turn my house into a crack factory? That's not illegal is it?
I suffer from migraines. Can I turn my house into a crack factory? That's not illegal is it? NickBrt
  • Score: -18

11:24am Thu 5 Jun 14

billy goat-gruff says...

Since cannabis was legalised in Colorado, the crime rate has dropped dramatically, mainly I suppose because the police aren't wasting their time arresting terminally ill oldies!
Since cannabis was legalised in Colorado, the crime rate has dropped dramatically, mainly I suppose because the police aren't wasting their time arresting terminally ill oldies! billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 38

11:25am Thu 5 Jun 14

DC Brighton says...

I feel sorry for them, I genuinely do. That said, was the £20 victim surcharge for their son? It can't have been easy sleeping under those bright lamps?
I feel sorry for them, I genuinely do. That said, was the £20 victim surcharge for their son? It can't have been easy sleeping under those bright lamps? DC Brighton
  • Score: 11

11:32am Thu 5 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

At least they have the live and support of all the greens. That must be a comfort.
At least they have the live and support of all the greens. That must be a comfort. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

VoodooGangbanger says...

THC sprays don't work and are extremely rarely prescribed, its not merely about the THC but the cannabinoids and many other active ingredients proven to have health benefits, hence why medical marijuana has become prevalent in the united states despite the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, which clearly has its claws in Britain.

23 plants is for personal use as contrary to popular belief when its used for such medical practices its not solely smoked, quite often its made into a super strong hash oil in order to treat tumours, feel free to look up rick strassman's run from the cure.

The government's populist policy doesn't represent even what our scientific council on the misuse of drugs has repeatedly come back and said, we have people using unsafe substances that kill in the form of legal highs which can never be made illegal (How can you criminalize nitrous oxide?) as opposed to decriminalizing a substance with 100s of thousands of years of safe recorded human use and medical value, and control it in a way so less underaged people are exposed to such substances through the uncontrolled black market, or legal drug market.

its time we have a sensible drug policy based on evidence not fear.
THC sprays don't work and are extremely rarely prescribed, its not merely about the THC but the cannabinoids and many other active ingredients proven to have health benefits, hence why medical marijuana has become prevalent in the united states despite the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, which clearly has its claws in Britain. 23 plants is for personal use as contrary to popular belief when its used for such medical practices its not solely smoked, quite often its made into a super strong hash oil in order to treat tumours, feel free to look up rick strassman's run from the cure. The government's populist policy doesn't represent even what our scientific council on the misuse of drugs has repeatedly come back and said, we have people using unsafe substances that kill in the form of legal highs which can never be made illegal (How can you criminalize nitrous oxide?) as opposed to decriminalizing a substance with 100s of thousands of years of safe recorded human use and medical value, and control it in a way so less underaged people are exposed to such substances through the uncontrolled black market, or legal drug market. its time we have a sensible drug policy based on evidence not fear. VoodooGangbanger
  • Score: 29

12:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

wippasnapper says...

So if you have a medical condition’s you can get off lightly for growing a crop of cannabis in your home o’ and the police and jug fall for this bull sh*t excuse now your have everyone calming they did it duo to there heath conditions i.e. it is a criminal offense to grow cannabis for any reason in privet residents regardless of your circumstances but it appears there is now a loop hold in the law that lets you off with a wee fine instead of full on prosecution splendid we should all grow our own if this is the case.
So if you have a medical condition’s you can get off lightly for growing a crop of cannabis in your home o’ and the police and jug fall for this bull sh*t excuse now your have everyone calming they did it duo to there heath conditions i.e. it is a criminal offense to grow cannabis for any reason in privet residents regardless of your circumstances but it appears there is now a loop hold in the law that lets you off with a wee fine instead of full on prosecution splendid we should all grow our own if this is the case. wippasnapper
  • Score: -25

2:55pm Thu 5 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

I find shoplifting alleviates my pain in my back considerably. I should now be able to nick with impunity.
I find shoplifting alleviates my pain in my back considerably. I should now be able to nick with impunity. NickBrt
  • Score: -19

4:08pm Thu 5 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I am 100% against the legalisation of cannabis but for medical conditions I would allow it to be used, when it's approved by a doctor - not otherwise.

Cannabis causes mental health problems - one of my friends suffers terrible mental health problems as a result of her smoking cannabis from a young age.

Cannabis can also cause people to become extremely violent - this can cause people to become murderers. So don't legalise it.
I am 100% against the legalisation of cannabis but for medical conditions I would allow it to be used, when it's approved by a doctor - not otherwise. Cannabis causes mental health problems - one of my friends suffers terrible mental health problems as a result of her smoking cannabis from a young age. Cannabis can also cause people to become extremely violent - this can cause people to become murderers. So don't legalise it. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -21

4:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

TonyTony says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I am 100% against the legalisation of cannabis but for medical conditions I would allow it to be used, when it's approved by a doctor - not otherwise.

Cannabis causes mental health problems - one of my friends suffers terrible mental health problems as a result of her smoking cannabis from a young age.

Cannabis can also cause people to become extremely violent - this can cause people to become murderers. So don't legalise it.
Do you drink, are you ok with alcohol and the problems that causes or is it just weed you don't like i think you need to do some research into the affects of cannabis because your comment borders on foolishness PS your friend is lying to you
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I am 100% against the legalisation of cannabis but for medical conditions I would allow it to be used, when it's approved by a doctor - not otherwise. Cannabis causes mental health problems - one of my friends suffers terrible mental health problems as a result of her smoking cannabis from a young age. Cannabis can also cause people to become extremely violent - this can cause people to become murderers. So don't legalise it.[/p][/quote]Do you drink, are you ok with alcohol and the problems that causes or is it just weed you don't like i think you need to do some research into the affects of cannabis because your comment borders on foolishness PS your friend is lying to you TonyTony
  • Score: 18

5:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I am 100% against the legalisation of cannabis but for medical conditions I would allow it to be used, when it's approved by a doctor - not otherwise.

Cannabis causes mental health problems - one of my friends suffers terrible mental health problems as a result of her smoking cannabis from a young age.

Cannabis can also cause people to become extremely violent - this can cause people to become murderers. So don't legalise it.

Silly Billy.
getThisCoalitionOut says... I am 100% against the legalisation of cannabis but for medical conditions I would allow it to be used, when it's approved by a doctor - not otherwise. Cannabis causes mental health problems - one of my friends suffers terrible mental health problems as a result of her smoking cannabis from a young age. Cannabis can also cause people to become extremely violent - this can cause people to become murderers. So don't legalise it. Silly Billy. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 7

6:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

firemanste says...

VoodooGangbanger wrote:
THC sprays don't work and are extremely rarely prescribed, its not merely about the THC but the cannabinoids and many other active ingredients proven to have health benefits, hence why medical marijuana has become prevalent in the united states despite the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, which clearly has its claws in Britain.

23 plants is for personal use as contrary to popular belief when its used for such medical practices its not solely smoked, quite often its made into a super strong hash oil in order to treat tumours, feel free to look up rick strassman's run from the cure.

The government's populist policy doesn't represent even what our scientific council on the misuse of drugs has repeatedly come back and said, we have people using unsafe substances that kill in the form of legal highs which can never be made illegal (How can you criminalize nitrous oxide?) as opposed to decriminalizing a substance with 100s of thousands of years of safe recorded human use and medical value, and control it in a way so less underaged people are exposed to such substances through the uncontrolled black market, or legal drug market.

its time we have a sensible drug policy based on evidence not fear.
thank you for pointing this out to me as i did not know this
[quote][p][bold]VoodooGangbanger[/bold] wrote: THC sprays don't work and are extremely rarely prescribed, its not merely about the THC but the cannabinoids and many other active ingredients proven to have health benefits, hence why medical marijuana has become prevalent in the united states despite the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, which clearly has its claws in Britain. 23 plants is for personal use as contrary to popular belief when its used for such medical practices its not solely smoked, quite often its made into a super strong hash oil in order to treat tumours, feel free to look up rick strassman's run from the cure. The government's populist policy doesn't represent even what our scientific council on the misuse of drugs has repeatedly come back and said, we have people using unsafe substances that kill in the form of legal highs which can never be made illegal (How can you criminalize nitrous oxide?) as opposed to decriminalizing a substance with 100s of thousands of years of safe recorded human use and medical value, and control it in a way so less underaged people are exposed to such substances through the uncontrolled black market, or legal drug market. its time we have a sensible drug policy based on evidence not fear.[/p][/quote]thank you for pointing this out to me as i did not know this firemanste
  • Score: -7

6:01am Fri 6 Jun 14

ohhumanity says...

I'm loving all the "Oh crack helps my back" sort of comments. If you are really comparing crack to cannabis, I think you need to look over the facts of this situation before you comment again.

Cannabis has been proven to have medicinal qualities. The US Government even had a test in place before it was legalised. They had subjects- normal people who suffered from different diseases and problems who needed help to ease their conditions. Cannabis proved to be successful in stopping one mans convulsions. He stated how he was constantly twitching beforehand, he could barely speak or move. But after using cannabis his condition calmed down and he was able to speak- it may have been very slowly and softly spoken words, but he was able to do it.

Colorado has raked in millions of dollars in taxes from legalising cannabis. Their crime rates are down 10% and a large chunk of the money raised in taxes from the sales of cannabis is being used to improve schools and public services.

Considering the fact that it is no secret how many people smoke cannabis over here, ESPECIALLY in Brighton (Just take a walk down the beach on a sunny day and you can get a whiff of it!), wouldn't it make more sense to follow in Colarado's successful footsteps?

Legalise: No more prison sentences for people who use or supply weed. It is such a small crime that doesn't hurt anyone anyway, so why waste tax payer money keeping them in prison?

Control: If people wish to sell cannabis they would require a license, to make sure that the product they sell isn't contaminated, sprayed with crystallizing agents etc.

Profit: Put a tax on cannabis, just like everything else. Use that money to help give our economy a little boost, to help us get back on our feet.

Considering the death rates caused by cannabis use compared to those of alcohol or tobacco use, I'd say cannabis isn't the thing that should be illegal. But as the government profit so much from tobacco and alcohol sales, I predict we'll see a steady level of live damage and lung cancer for a while.
I'm loving all the "Oh crack helps my back" sort of comments. If you are really comparing crack to cannabis, I think you need to look over the facts of this situation before you comment again. Cannabis has been proven to have medicinal qualities. The US Government even had a test in place before it was legalised. They had subjects- normal people who suffered from different diseases and problems who needed help to ease their conditions. Cannabis proved to be successful in stopping one mans convulsions. He stated how he was constantly twitching beforehand, he could barely speak or move. But after using cannabis his condition calmed down and he was able to speak- it may have been very slowly and softly spoken words, but he was able to do it. Colorado has raked in millions of dollars in taxes from legalising cannabis. Their crime rates are down 10% and a large chunk of the money raised in taxes from the sales of cannabis is being used to improve schools and public services. Considering the fact that it is no secret how many people smoke cannabis over here, ESPECIALLY in Brighton (Just take a walk down the beach on a sunny day and you can get a whiff of it!), wouldn't it make more sense to follow in Colarado's successful footsteps? Legalise: No more prison sentences for people who use or supply weed. It is such a small crime that doesn't hurt anyone anyway, so why waste tax payer money keeping them in prison? Control: If people wish to sell cannabis they would require a license, to make sure that the product they sell isn't contaminated, sprayed with crystallizing agents etc. Profit: Put a tax on cannabis, just like everything else. Use that money to help give our economy a little boost, to help us get back on our feet. Considering the death rates caused by cannabis use compared to those of alcohol or tobacco use, I'd say cannabis isn't the thing that should be illegal. But as the government profit so much from tobacco and alcohol sales, I predict we'll see a steady level of live damage and lung cancer for a while. ohhumanity
  • Score: 0

6:19am Fri 6 Jun 14

ohhumanity says...

Just think of how much this arrest and fine have cost the taxpayer? The money for the courts, the wages for the magistrates, the officers who made the arrests and the money for the resources used to investigate and commence the arrest. Plus the fact that these officers could have been spending their time and money trying to find actual criminals who are robbing, assaulting, murdering, raping etc.

Is this our money and resources going to good use? I feel so happy that taxpayer money is being used to arrest and harass two elderly people who are not causing harm to anyone else, just trying to help their pain.
Just think of how much this arrest and fine have cost the taxpayer? The money for the courts, the wages for the magistrates, the officers who made the arrests and the money for the resources used to investigate and commence the arrest. Plus the fact that these officers could have been spending their time and money trying to find actual criminals who are robbing, assaulting, murdering, raping etc. Is this our money and resources going to good use? I feel so happy that taxpayer money is being used to arrest and harass two elderly people who are not causing harm to anyone else, just trying to help their pain. ohhumanity
  • Score: 2

5:47am Sat 7 Jun 14

ohhumanity says...

My-views wrote:
ohhumanity wrote:
Just think of how much this arrest and fine have cost the taxpayer? The money for the courts, the wages for the magistrates, the officers who made the arrests and the money for the resources used to investigate and commence the arrest. Plus the fact that these officers could have been spending their time and money trying to find actual criminals who are robbing, assaulting, murdering, raping etc.

Is this our money and resources going to good use? I feel so happy that taxpayer money is being used to arrest and harass two elderly people who are not causing harm to anyone else, just trying to help their pain.
ohh so your feelings are its ok to grow cannabis and use it as a herbal treatment . ?
i actually think the law did a great job in getting this to court and it sends out the message that growing cannabis is still illegal and the law takes it correct proceedings . one thought i dont know if its true but the lights dont need to be on 24/7 do they ? its just to increase the growing cycle not to leave on 24/4 as some think its a boost not a illuminate all day / night thing
Yes, my feelings are that it's okay to grow a plant and use it for it's medicinal qualities.

So you're okay with the fact that two elderly residents, causing no harm to anyone, were arrested and fined, while many actual criminals remain on the street because of 'insufficient evidence' or some other poor excuse. As tax money contributes to the police for and other emergency services, I would rather the money be used to track down criminals that have actually caused harm to other people.

You think the law did a great job arresting two elderly members of the public but every day there are muggers, attackers, child snatchers on the run that they just cant seem to get. Maybe if they focussed on those crimes instead of "oh look someones growing a herbal plant, arrest them!" then the streets of Brighton might actually start becoming safe.

Once again, who would you rather have arrested- two elderly pot smokers or two child abusers. The police don't seem to have the resources to track down every criminal, so you choose which one they should go for.
[quote][p][bold]My-views[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohhumanity[/bold] wrote: Just think of how much this arrest and fine have cost the taxpayer? The money for the courts, the wages for the magistrates, the officers who made the arrests and the money for the resources used to investigate and commence the arrest. Plus the fact that these officers could have been spending their time and money trying to find actual criminals who are robbing, assaulting, murdering, raping etc. Is this our money and resources going to good use? I feel so happy that taxpayer money is being used to arrest and harass two elderly people who are not causing harm to anyone else, just trying to help their pain.[/p][/quote]ohh so your feelings are its ok to grow cannabis and use it as a herbal treatment . ? i actually think the law did a great job in getting this to court and it sends out the message that growing cannabis is still illegal and the law takes it correct proceedings . one thought i dont know if its true but the lights dont need to be on 24/7 do they ? its just to increase the growing cycle not to leave on 24/4 as some think its a boost not a illuminate all day / night thing[/p][/quote]Yes, my feelings are that it's okay to grow a plant and use it for it's medicinal qualities. So you're okay with the fact that two elderly residents, causing no harm to anyone, were arrested and fined, while many actual criminals remain on the street because of 'insufficient evidence' or some other poor excuse. As tax money contributes to the police for and other emergency services, I would rather the money be used to track down criminals that have actually caused harm to other people. You think the law did a great job arresting two elderly members of the public but every day there are muggers, attackers, child snatchers on the run that they just cant seem to get. Maybe if they focussed on those crimes instead of "oh look someones growing a herbal plant, arrest them!" then the streets of Brighton might actually start becoming safe. Once again, who would you rather have arrested- two elderly pot smokers or two child abusers. The police don't seem to have the resources to track down every criminal, so you choose which one they should go for. ohhumanity
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Brian_C says...

Why shouldn't people have the right to treat their illness the way they want?
The UK government tell us cannabis has no medicinal value whilst allowing gw pharmaceuticals to grow 20 tonnes a year as a medicine.
You couldn't make it up!
Why shouldn't people have the right to treat their illness the way they want? The UK government tell us cannabis has no medicinal value whilst allowing gw pharmaceuticals to grow 20 tonnes a year as a medicine. You couldn't make it up! Brian_C
  • Score: 3

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