Home Detention for New Zealand Medical Marijuana Campaigner

An amputee sentenced to 12 months’ home detention for selling cannabis to an undercover police officer says there would be economic and health benefits if the drug was legalised for health use.

Billy McKee, 58, was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Tuesday on four charges of selling cannabis and one of growing the drug after a jury earlier found him guilty.

Billy McKee says legalising cannabis for medical purposes would save the country a lot of money.

McKee’s leg was amputated after a hit-and-run crash when he was 21 and says when conventional drugs did not ease his pain, he began self-medicating with cannabis with his doctor’s blessing.

He operated a website advocating the use of cannabis for pain relief and was contacted by an undercover officer to whom he sold the drugs. A subsequent raid on his home revealed more than 60 cannabis plants hidden beneath it.

– Read the entire article at New Zealand Radio News.