Cannabis users given com­mu­nity orders

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

A 31-year-old man and a 22-yearold woman who were try­ing to over­come sub­stance abuse by self-med­i­cat­ing with cannabis have been placed on com­mu­ni­ty­based orders.

Christo­pher Neil Mitchell and Demi Liana Ramshaw were sen­tenced to­gether in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court last month af­ter plead­ing guilty to pos­sess­ing

600g of cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia.

The court was told po­lice found the cannabis and smok­ing im­ple­ments af­ter they searched Mitchell and Ramshaw’s house in Spald­ing on June 19, about 4pm.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Carey Owen said the pair told po­lice the cannabis was for their per­sonal use.

De­fence coun­sel Kelly Beard said her clients suf­fered from men­tal health is­sues and drug ad­dic­tion in the past.

“They made the un­for­tu­nate de­ci­sion to rely on cannabis to self-med­i­cate,” Ms Beard said.

“They’ve made sig­nif­i­cant at­tempts at re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing them­selves from more se­ri­ous drug ad­dic­tions.

“They’re very for­tu­nate as they have sig­nif­i­cant sup­port from their fam­i­lies.”

Mag­is­trate Steven Wil­son said the pair would ben­e­fit from coun­selling.

“On the one hand you’re try­ing to get off an il­licit drug, but on the other hand you’re us­ing an il­licit drug,” Mr Wil­son said.

“Ev­ery­one is an in­di­vid­ual when it comes to cannabis and the ef­fects it has on your men­tal health.

“If you’re suf­fer­ing from men­tal health is­sues, it may be the case that cannabis is not help­ing you . . . and it might be bet­ter to get off it al­to­gether.”

Mitchell and Ramshaw were placed on 12-month com­mu­ni­ty­based orders with su­per­vi­sion and pro­grams.

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