The Supreme Court in Brisbane has heard a Sunshine Coast man was on a surgery waiting list for so long that he turned to using cannabis for pain relief.
Fifty-four-year-old Alan Ross Purves pleaded guilty to possessing and producing cannabis at his Mapleton home in March this year.
The court heard police went to Purves's house on another matter and could smell the drug.
Purves told police he was using marijuana because he had been on a waiting list for gallstone surgery since 2003.
Justice John Byrne jailed Purves for six months, but immediately suspended the sentence.
Quote: The man should be given an award for bravery.
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