Adelaide medicinal cannabis supplier pleads with court not to record conviction
Jenny Hallam is facing drug charges over the supply of medicinal cannabis. Credit: Jenny Hallam
An Adelaide woman on drug charges over the supply of medicinal cannabis has asked a judge not to record a conviction against her.
Jenny Hallam appeared in the District Court on Tuesday, where defence counsel Greg Barns argued she had lost about $20,000 supplying cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain, epilepsy and "a range of other serious ailments".
"This is a case where you have an individual who is meeting... a demand which seems to have arisen in the Australian community," Barns said.
"A conviction in this particular case is not warranted and we certainly say that a term of imprisonment, suspended or otherwise, would again, in this particular case, not be warranted."
Hallam's home at Hillier, in Adelaide's north, was raided by police in January 2017 but she was not charged with drug offences until three months later.
She had intended to take the case to trial, arguing she acted out of medical necessity in the supply of cannabis oil to those who needed the drug to relieve pain.
But in February this year, she pleaded guilty to the charges.
Access to medicinal cannabis has been legal in South Australia for some time but it can only be prescribed by doctors under certain circumstances.
Proponents say, for some people, getting hold of suitable products remains difficult.
Plea for compassion
In a recent Facebook post, Hallam said the period since the police raids had been the "worst of my life".
"This last 999 days have been the worst of my life, but hopefully it will be over soon," she said.
"Hopefully the judge will show me the same compassion I showed the people I helped."
Hallam said the prosecutors were asking for a custodial sentence but were not opposed to it being suspended.
Judge Rauf Soulio will sentence Hallam at a later date. Originally published here: https://7news.com.au/news/court-justice/medicinal-cannabis-supplier-faces-sa-court-c-492148