All Cannings man, 73, grew pot to ease arthritis

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An All Cannings pensioner grew cannabis because it helped ease the pain of his arthritis, Salisbury magistrates heard on Tuesday.

Irving Fuchs, 73, of The Street, All Cannings, pleaded guilty to production of 40 plants at his home when he appeared before the bench.

Kate Prince, prosecuting, told the court that, following a tip-off from a member of the public, police visited Mr Fuchs’ home in August and found five plants growing in the rear garden, four in a home-made greenhouse, ten in a polytunnel and four growing in the front garden.

Inside they found six plants on the kitchen windowsill and another 11 in an upstairs bedroom. Mr Fuchs told police he had been smoking cannabis since he was a teenager and enjoyed it. The drugs he cultivated were for his own personal use.

Raymond Tan, defending, said that some of the 40 plants seized by police were no more than cuttings but admitted that some of the plants were mature.

Mr Tan said: “At this stage of his life Mr Fuchs spends quite a bit of his time in the house on his own. As his arthritis gets worse he uses cannabis to ease the pain. He does not go out at all and growing the cannabis is his pastime.”

Mr Tan produced a number of letters of support from Mr Fuchs’s neighbours and, in his own letter to the bench, Mr Fuchs revealed he is to be evicted from his home and has been given two months’ notice to quit. His only source of income is from benefits.

The bench fined Mr Fuchs £100 with £50 costs and £15 victim surcharge. He was given seven days to pay.

Mr Fuchs’s arrest was one of three for cultivation of cannabis in the Devizes area within recent months. In May police raided a house in Worton and found a number of plants.

Then, last Thursday, at around 11.30am police who had been called to a report of men acting suspiciously in the Sarum Drive area of Devizes stumbled on nine plants in a greenhouse.

A local man has been spoken to and is due to be questioned further tomorrow.

PC Adam Hall said: “The officers who attended smelt a familiar smell which led them to the greenhouse. I have never known us to have three cases like this in succession.”

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2:17pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Why do he have to pay a victims surcharge, he didn't hurt anyone!
Why do he have to pay a victims surcharge, he didn't hurt anyone! Grumpy of Calne.

2:21pm Thu 20 Sep 12

blackstone says...

Why did he have to pay anything ??

What harm was he doing?
Why did he have to pay anything ?? What harm was he doing? blackstone

4:09pm Thu 20 Sep 12

ace reporter says...

Legalise it Don't Criticise it as Bob said
Legalise it Don't Criticise it as Bob said ace reporter

4:52pm Thu 20 Sep 12

MDP says...

Poor chap, I feel so sorry for him, losing his home as well as everything else.

Shame on the person who informed on him, what a thoroughly nasty thing to do.

He probably won't recover from all this unless he has a very strong character, his life will be ruined.

Tragic.
Poor chap, I feel so sorry for him, losing his home as well as everything else. Shame on the person who informed on him, what a thoroughly nasty thing to do. He probably won't recover from all this unless he has a very strong character, his life will be ruined. Tragic. MDP

5:50pm Thu 20 Sep 12

ManCityNo1 says...

Prohibition is criminal !!!
No one is gonna stop smoking weed so just legalise you muppets !!!
@ ace reporter it was Pete who sang that not bob, he said Excuse me while I light my spliff Get up stand up for your right I gotta have Kaya now :)

Jah Rastafari
Prohibition is criminal !!! No one is gonna stop smoking weed so just legalise you muppets !!! @ ace reporter it was Pete who sang that not bob, he said Excuse me while I light my spliff Get up stand up for your right I gotta have Kaya now :) Jah Rastafari ManCityNo1

8:19am Fri 21 Sep 12

Don Jones says...

Wasn't it Peter Tosh?
Wasn't it Peter Tosh? Don Jones

6:27pm Fri 21 Sep 12

blackstone says...

If MR Fuchs is a decent chap and lived in my village I would go round collecting for him to help pay his fine

Would then probably find out who reported him
If MR Fuchs is a decent chap and lived in my village I would go round collecting for him to help pay his fine Would then probably find out who reported him blackstone

7:30am Sun 23 Sep 12

jani etherington says...

I wonder how much this operation cost the taxpayer?

We categorically know that nicotine causes cancer and that alcohol turns out streets into open battlegrounds and no go areas on a Saturday night - not to mention the fact that the latter fills accident and emergency centres; yet this is legal.

One elderly gentleman taking cannabis quietly in his own home - and he's a villain! Perhaps we should ask the public what they think...
I wonder how much this operation cost the taxpayer? We categorically know that nicotine causes cancer and that alcohol turns out streets into open battlegrounds and no go areas on a Saturday night - not to mention the fact that the latter fills accident and emergency centres; yet this is legal. One elderly gentleman taking cannabis quietly in his own home - and he's a villain! Perhaps we should ask the public what they think... jani etherington

10:50am Mon 24 Sep 12

Don Jones says...

"We categorically know that ... alcohol turns out streets into open battlegrounds and no go areas on a Saturday night".

What, all of them?

Please don't use this as an excuse to attack the pub trade. They're suffering enough as it is - 26 closing each week.

Much as I think that this is a silly case, let's not forget that drink has been part of our culture for at least 4,000 years.
"We categorically know that ... alcohol turns out streets into open battlegrounds and no go areas on a Saturday night". What, all of them? Please don't use this as an excuse to attack the pub trade. They're suffering enough as it is - 26 closing each week. Much as I think that this is a silly case, let's not forget that drink has been part of our culture for at least 4,000 years. Don Jones

4:05pm Mon 24 Sep 12

hotcoco says...

And let us not also forget that cannabis has been used since 4000BC (as far as we know). And no related deaths linked to it... blah blah blah... Hemp for Victory right? No, the logging companies want all the profit...
And let us not also forget that cannabis has been used since 4000BC (as far as we know). And no related deaths linked to it... blah blah blah... Hemp for Victory right? No, the logging companies want all the profit... hotcoco

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