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Bipolar man fined for growing medicinal cannabis

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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A bipolar man who grew his own cannabis to alleviate his condition has been fined £500.

Richard Tortoishell, aged 42, was found with four half grown plants and told police they were his second crop, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He was originally arrested on suspicion of being involved with drugs and police found the plants and three small bags of home grown cannabis buds at the address in Torquay where he was living at the time.

Tortoishell, of Ogwell, Newton Abbot, admitted production of cannabis and possession of the drug for personal use.

He was fined £500 with £50 costs by Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, who told him:”You are of previous good character but the financial penalty must be substantial to recognise that those who grow cannabis commit a serious offence.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Tortoishell was arrested in Torbay in July and his address in Magdalen Road, Torquay was searched.

The police were initially investigating the production of amphetamines but found no evidence. However, they did find the four cannabis plants.

Officers also recovered just under 50 grams of the buds from the female flowering heads of home grown cannabis in small bags in his bedroom and kitchen.

Miss Eagles said the growing operation was not sophisticated and Tortoishell told police this was his second crop and only two of his first three plants had survived.

She said:”He told police he suffers from bipolar disorder and used the cannabis help him cope with issues arising from that.”

Miss Anne Bellchambers, defending, said her client used to run his own computer business but it failed and he now works as a labourer. He is a single man with one daughter.

She said the recent bad weather had affected his earnings but he would be able to pay a fine.

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  • exeterpolar1  |  April 14 2015, 9:07PM

    The man with Bipolar must had choice this as the Bipolar Disorder would not tell this person too take illegal drugs as this disorder is class as a posh disorder with talents, some of the most artist Van Goff and Virgnal Bottomly has it as well both are arties of the 1800's and the 1900's, even X Factor winner has this one so you can see where the fame is are Bipolar Disorder is ruling this land of make believers. Bipolar itself can work in different ways in people some think they have magical powers too save the world like this lady on Fires Of The Mind video on YouTube, when others do secretly harming ritals on there risk like cutting themselves with this disorder. I have Health Anxiety and Autism and is thinking of taking a Bipolar Affective Test at the Royal Wondford Hospital and see if I have it but this Disorder is a very complex illness in mood where you are high in one minute and down the second and then you joist like you are on stage at the Northcott of somewhere and all the about. Well that's is just in kids the Disorder in adults are different, say you are working in a shop and the people around you say you are in possible to work with on same days they told me that I don't take any notice and that's Bipolar One Disorder, Bipolar 2 Disorder is no different too the first one as both have grandiosity than the other ones and what you don't want too happen in this funny weird illness is both too happen at the same time sadness and happiness pulling you together as you will have the thought of committed suicide. Enjoy the weekend Richard Bealey Exeter Devon UK

  • petehathaway1  |  February 21 2014, 4:17PM

    You people should be ashamed of yourselves. Not only is this man sick but you robbed him of his medicine and his dignity. I don't know how you sleep at night knowing the truth about Cannabis and continuing to victimize and criminalize normal law abiding people. Disgraceful

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  • CVFHQ  |  February 21 2014, 3:05PM

    Our legal system regarding cannabis is an absolute disgrace. This man is clearly sick, and has been able to find relief from cannabis, yet he is still treated as nothing more than a common criminal, all at the expense of the British taxpayer. A legal cannabis system would prevent this from happening, and massively boost our economy at the same time. Surely our police should be dealing with real crime, such as murder and assault? Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420

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