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Alexandra Purucker, 60, a resident of Takaka, Golden Bay made herself some cannabis cookies for pain relief and was charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis. If she was convicted she would not have been able to travel to Germany regularly to see her mother and aunt who had dementia-related illnesses, she would not be able to move to Australia and she would never be able to complete the New Zealand citizenship process.
But luckily this didn’t happen as she was not convicted and was discharged without conviction in the Nelson District Court.
Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said police went to Purucker’s Takaka property on February 6 for an unrelated matter and discovered five plants scattered around her property. While police searched inside the property they discovered 71 grams of cannabis in her bedroom.
Defense counsel Garry Barkle said Purucker suffered from sciatica and made herself cannabis cookies for pain relief purposes. This was solely for personal use for medical purposes and not for commercial or recreational use.
Judge Peter Butler said the fact that she was only growing cannabis for personal use and did so without any equipment, lighting, irrigation and also having no other siblings, having the power of attorney and being the regular caregiver of her aunt and mother in Germany helped Purucker’s cause.
He also ordered destruction of the plants.