Australia: Cannabis oil advocate spared conviction for supplying medicinal cannabis
Following up our report of last week we learn that medical cannabis oil advocate Jenny Hallam avoids a conviction
Australia ABC news reports
A South Australian cannabis oil distributor has been spared a conviction for providing the drug to terminally ill people, with the judge saying her actions helped rather than harmed the recipients.
- Police raided Jenny Hallam’s property in 2017 and found cannabis oil products
- If convicted she faced seven years in jail, a $35,000 fine, or both
- Today, the judge said there was no evidence any harm had been caused to recipients
Jenny Lee Hallam, 47, pleaded guilty to possessing and manufacturing a controlled drug in February.
Her property, north of Adelaide, was raided in January 2017 and police found a number of packaged cannabis oil products in syringes and capsules.
Judge Rauf Soulio today released Ms Hallam on a good behaviour bond in Adelaide’s District Court.
He said it was clear Ms Hallam had been making the oil at a financial loss and her actions were not commercially motivated.
He said there was no evidence any harm had been caused to any recipient of the cannabis oil and that the evidence was “strongly to the contrary”.
If convicted of manufacturing a controlled drug, Ms Hallam faced a maximum jail sentence of seven years, a $35,000 fine, or both.
In January, Ms Hallam addressed the media with supporters by her side, urging the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to drop the charges.
She said her actions were “morally right” and she was not a criminal.
“It was a medical necessity — the people were in need. Those people would have died if I hadn’t of provided that treatment,” she said.