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Lincolnshire man self-prescribed cannabis for mental health problem

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

Lincolnshire man self-subscribed cannabis for mental health problem
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A SPILSBY man with two convictions for cannabis possession was found to have a small amount in his car footwell when stopped by police.

Skegness magistrates were told that Peter Brindley Robinson took the drug as a form of self-medication for a mental health problem.

Robinson, 38, of Woodlands Avenue, Spilsby, admitted possessing cannabis when his vehicle was searched by police during a routine stop in Horncastle on September 12.

The court was told that the cannabis was found in the rear nearside footwell of Robinson's car.

He already had convictions for drugs possession in 2012 and in January of this year.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Robinson took prescribed medication for mental health issues.

But he found that this frequently interfered with his life, his relationship with his partner and their child.

Mr Holt said Robinson found that sometimes taking cannabis instead of the prescribed drugs kept him calm.

He also claimed that family life was better if he self-medicated a low level of cannabis.

"Robinson has a view of cannabis which may not be our view, but it works for him," Mr Holt said.

After hearing from the probation service, magistrates imposed a nine-month conditional discharge.

They also ordered Robinson to pay £40 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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