A Tenby man who pleaded guilty to possessing 8.6 ounces of cannabis, at Haverfordwest magistrates court yesterday (Tuesday) said that he only used the drug for medicinal purposes.
Police raided the house of 56-year-old Robert Royan, at 53 Heywood Court on January 10th.
The court accepted that, although the quantity of the substance found was consistent with that usually associated with dealing, the cannabis was intended entirely for the defendant’s personal use.
Royan pleaded guilty to the charge of possession, but maintained that his heavy use of the drug was for medicinal, rather than recreational purposes.
The court heard how Royan suffers daily from acute arthritis and that prescribed painkillers have been, so far, ineffective in his treatment.
The court took this into account, but stated that cannabis is still an illegal drug and that Royan must seek different medication to address the problem.
He was sentenced to two years conditional discharge, in view of his early guilty plea, and considering that it was his first drugs offence.