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Man vows he won't stop smoking pot despite jail sentence

TO BE BLUNT: Maryborough's Gordon Skippen was sentenced to a four month suspended sentence for possessing cannabis, but he says he will continue to self medicate to ease the pain of his terminal liver cancer.
TO BE BLUNT: Maryborough's Gordon Skippen was sentenced to a four month suspended sentence for possessing cannabis, but he says he will continue to self medicate to ease the pain of his terminal liver cancer.

A TERMINALLY ill Maryborough man will almost certainly serve time in jail if he is caught in possession of cannabis again.

But Gordon Shane Skippen, 57, has vowed he will not stop smoking cannabis, which he says eases the pain of his terminal liver cancer.

Mr Skippen appeared before Maryborough Magistrates Court on Monday morning, charged with a number of drug-related offences, including possessing or publishing instructions for dangerous drugs and possession of dangerous drugs and utensils.

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Mr Skippen pleaded guilty to the charges, but told the Chronicle he felt that coming after a terminally ill man was a waste of police time and resources.

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Mr Skippen was given a four month suspended prison sentence and a two-year good behaviour bond by Magistrate John Smith.

That means any offence committed by Mr Skippen could land him behind bars.

But Mr Skippen said he was not worried about going to prison.

Mr Skippen said it was confusing that he was allowed to use morphine, a drug that he felt was doing his body great harm, but he wasn't allowed to use cannabis, which he felt eased his pain, restored his appetite and enabled him to sleep.

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