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Heacham man in King’s Lynn court for drug-driving in Hunstanton

A court heard that a Heacham man who was drug-driving used cannabis to help with chronic pain caused by medical conditions.

Michael Salmon, 38, of Sandringham Drive, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he admitted driving above the specified drug limit.

Prosecutor Abdul Khan said that the offence took place on October 12 last year, when police stopped Salmon on South Beach Road in Hunstanton for driving too fast.

Salmon appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court
Salmon appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court

He was asked to carry out a roadside drugs test, where he admitted to police that he was a regular cannabis user and had last smoked around 12 hours previously.

The court heard that Salmon told officers he smoked cannabis to help with pain relief, but could not provide any medical records.

In mitigation, George Sorrell explained that Salmon suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses cannabis to help with pain.

Mr Sorrell said: “I do sympathise with him, he does have a positive attitude.

“He would be entitled to get a prescription of the drug but I feel sorry for him because he suffers from a terrible condition.”

Salmon was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £80.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £32.

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