Cannabis users given community orders
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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