A Victorian grandmother is set to face court charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis after she said she was using the narcotic to treat her stage-three bowel cancer.
Alice Burns said a lack of affordable medicinal cannabis led to her decision to grow her own cannabis, which she then used to make cannabis oil.
The 54-year-old was arrested and charged in June, after a police tip-off led to a search of her home in regional Victoria’s Otway Ranges.
“The local policeman knew that I had cancer and had been using it for that. I admitted to everything. I said it was all mine, but they still charged my partner, who is also my carer, too,” Ms Burns told nine.com.au.
The pair will face Colac Magistrates’ Court in January where Ms Burns said she planned to fight the charges under common law rights.
“I feel like I am really being discriminated against here. It should be my right to choose how I treat my cancer,” she said.
Ms Burns’ legal case comes as demand for medicinal cannabis is skyrocketing.