Cancer patient jailed over cannabis

The jailing of an Adelaide man with leukaemia for growing marijuana has reignited calls to legalise medical cannabis.

Former fitter and boilermaker Leon Ozolins, 59, was sentenced to a minimum of two years’ imprisonment last month after 23 cannabis plants were discovered in his home.

He began growing the plants when his late wife was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the 1970s, to relieve the side effects of her chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Mr Ozolins, who has myelodysplasia and requires blood transfusions every 4-6 weeks, also used the drug.

Dr Alex Wodak,