A terminally ill man has been charged after using cannabis to help relieve the symptoms of his terminal illness.

Stuart Rogers was found with 18 bags of cannabis in his car after police pulled him over in a traffic stop.

Magistrates in Blackburn, Lancashire heard in court that Rogers did not care what happened to him, as cannabis was the only way in which his symptoms were relieved.

Paul Huxley, defending, said doctors had told his client that nothing more could be done.

“It is because of that he turned to cannabis, it helps him to relax and sleep at night which is something prescribed medication has not achieved.”

Rogers has stated he will continue to use cannabis despite his sentence of a conditional discharge for 12 months, a £180 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.