A MAN has been given a six-month conditional discharge after using cannabis to relieve kidney pain.

Jeffrey Sweet, 31, who needs a kidney transplant and undergoes dialysis three times a week, told Barnsley Magistrates' Court he felt sick and dizzy as well as suffering pain.

"Cannabis helps to alleviate the symptoms," said Mr Sweet, who was not represented by a solicitor.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said a small amount of cannabis was found at Sweet's home on Brookhill Road.

Sweet, who admitted possession of the drug, was ordered to pay £35 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.