Cancer patient smokes pot to 'get on with life'

Deesmond Crane used marijuana to treat severe pain from skin cancers.
Deesmond Crane used marijuana to treat severe pain from skin cancers. Kirsten Cunningham

DEESMOND Crane has had more than 41 skin cancers removed, and counting.

The fair-skinned but scarred redhead said if he had known how much pain he'd be in now he'd never have taken a job working outside on the railway.

"The sun exposure was so bad," he said. "Even the glare off the perspex windows burnt me."

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Mr Crane was fined $500 in the Gladstone Magistrates Court this week after being arrested with marijuana.

"They won't prescribe me anything strong enough to take away the pain because of other mental health stuff," he said later.

"So I smoke pot and it means I can get on with my life."

Mr Crane said the problem was not just the pain of having skin cancers, it was the trauma of getting them removed.

"Often the local anesthetic doesn't work and I feel them cutting into me," he said.

"Then it has to heal which is terrible."

He said until there was a solution he had no other options.

"What am I going to do?" he said.

"It hurts unbelievably and they tell me I just have to deal with it."

Chronic pain no defence

KYLIE Price used cannabis to relieve the pain from a chronic kidney condition and arthritis in her back.

Her self-medicating cost $500 and a criminal conviction in the Gladstone Magistrate's Court.

Shortly after Price was charged, Julie Whalan hobbled into the Gladstone Magistrate's Court and pleaded guilty for producing and possessing cannabis at Tannum Sands.

Police found two cannabis plants growing in her garden during a search of her house.

With acute pain in her legs from a tendon condition and rheumatoid arthritis, Whalan was using the plants to make tea and smoke to treat her pain.

"I can't go back on the morphine anymore your honour, it knocks me around too much," she told Magistrate Hay.

Whalan walked out of the courtroom with a $600 fine.

Topics:  gladstone magistrates court medical marijuana skin cancer

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