A Timaru man on cannabis charges, who claims he has a medical need to use the drug, has had his case adjourned while he undergoes a psychiatric assessment.
Peter Davy, 52, who has cancer, appeared for sentencing in the Timaru District Court on Wednesday.
He faces charges of possessing and cultivating cannabis, importation of seeds and the illegal possession of a firearm.
Davy pleaded guilty to the charges.
He said he is pleased with the outcome because he is still able to care for his partner, who has multiple sclerosis.
He said he does not mind undergoing a psychiatric test becaue he has nothing to hide.
Davy is due to next appear in court on 23 June.