Fight to save wife ends in court
WHEN Yasmin McKillop was battling a deadly brain tumour that claimed her life, she was prescribed endone and oxycontin, which left her so lethargic she was slumped in chairs and robbed of the energy to enjoy time with her family.
Her husband, James, was desperate to relieve her pain, clutching at any straw he could grab to give her the quality of life she deserved.
“Her quality of life was really diminished because she was really dosed up and would just sit in a chair,” Mr McKillop said.
After reading about the potential cancer-fighting and pain relieving affects of marijuana, they ventured onto the wrong side of the law in a desperate plight that landed him in court.
He couldn’t bear the guilt of being unable to help his wife, despite wrestling the guilt of supporting the black market, so they began growing their own marijuana plants. The Stanthorpe man is now advocating for the drug to be legalised so others do not have to suffer the same turmoil when trying to help loved ones.
In September, six weeks after his wife died, police raided his home.
He led officers into his front room where they found more than 5kg of marijuana, including 51 plants, as well as “sophisticated” hydroponic equipment. He was charged with producing and possessing dangerous drugs, as well as possessing equipment used in the commission of a crime.
Mr McKillop, a musician who often performs for free, appeared in Warwick District Court this week, pleading guilty to three drugs charges.
Judge Koppenol said he would not usually consider probation for the offences but, due to Mr McKillop’s background, it was more appropriate than a fine or jail sentence. Mr McKillop was convicted and sentenced to 18 months probation.
After receiving his sentence, Mr McKillop said he hoped the tide would turn and Australia would have a plebiscite or referendum to legalise marijuana use.
James McKillop is advocating for medicinal marijuana which his late wife Yasmin McKillop used to relieve pain.