Vic medical cannabis couple found guilty

Caitlin Guilfoyle
A Victorian couple who gave medical cannabis to cancer patients are found guilty of a drug offence.

A Victorian couple who provided medical cannabis to cancer patients has been found guilty of illegally cultivating a narcotic plant.

Elizabeth and Matthew Pallett were found guilty on Wednesday of the charge after police seized 15.5 kilograms of cannabis from their Carrum Downs home last year.

The Palletts, who represented themselves, told the County Court jury they discovered medicinal cannabis to relieve their own pain and did not intend at first to provide it to others.

Both said they could not say no when people, including mothers with terminally ill children, came to them seeking cannabis pain relief.

The couple also admitted to growing the cannabis found at their property, knowing it was illegal.

"I don't think compassion is a crime, I think that's what society should be doing," Matthew Pallett said.

The Palletts told the court cannabis should not be considered illegal for medicinal purposes.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Moore said it didn't matter if the Palletts had good intentions.

"This is not a test case about medical marijuana or cannabis, or whether the accused are good, well-motivated people at heart," he said at the start of their trial.

The Palletts are due to front a plea hearing on Thursday afternoon.