UK: Woman, 60, with terminal cancer used cannabis to ease her pain and sold it

Heather Kennedy, who has stage four cancer, also sold the drug to her family

A 60-year-old lung cancer sufferer put cannabis in her food to help ease the pain of her condition and sold it. The 60-year-old woman was caught with the drug and charged.

Heather Kennedy, who has Stage Four lung cancer, admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply it and being concerned in the supply of it. She was caught with cannabis worth a total of £370, along with £205 in cash and two mobile phones.

Mold Crown Court heard she told police she was only supplying the drug to her family members and that she hadn’t realised that supplying it to members of her family was illegal. A judge gave her a six-month community order.

North Wales Live reported that prosecutor Alexandra Carrier said police conducted a search of Kennedy’s home in Cae Mawr in Llandudno on March 25 last year. The defendant was there with her granddaughter. Ms Carrier said Kennedy told an officer: “I’ve got cannabis. I’m not going to lie.”

Police found snap bags with “Bob Marley” logos in a bag down the side of a sofa. The search continued and the officers discovered cannabis worth a total of £370, along with £205 in cash and two mobile phones.

Kennedy told police she had Stage 4 lung cancer and had taken cannabis oil, which became too expensive. She took cannabis in her food instead, the court heard. She also supplied it to her husband and a son but did not realise she was committing a crime by doing so to members of her family.

Sarah Yates, defending, said her client is ill and had been “vulnerable to an extent” but regrets her actions. She has lost her good name and this is “possibly a lesson well-learned”, she said.

Ms Yates added: “It’s safe to say I don’t think we will see her back before this court again.”

The judge Her Honour Nicola Saffman noted that, when cannabis oil became prohibitively expensive, the defendant put cannabis in her food to ease the pain from her lung cancer. But in being in possession of a Class B drug and in supplying members of her family, she had broken the law.

She said Kennedy had not realised she had committed her offences and had done so out of “sheer naivety”. She added: “You are a lady of previous positive good character.”

She imposed the community order, fined her a nominal sum of £10 and ordered the destruction of the drugs and forfeiture of the cash, which will go towards North Wales Police’s fight against drugs crime

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