Man fined af­ter po­lice seize mar­i­juana

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A 53-YEAR-OLD Childers man has been fined $2000 af­ter po­lice seized 34 mar­i­juana plants, two shop­ping bags filled with 160g of the dried drug and a wa­ter pipe from his prop­erty.

David Whe­lan ap­peared in Childers Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day where he pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a danger­ous drug, pro­duc­tion of a danger­ous drug and pos­ses­sion of uten­sils.

The court heard Whe­lan had grown the plants from seeds and in­formed po­lice that he pro­duced the drugs for his own per­sonal use as he suf­fered from chronic back pain.

Whe­lan’s de­fence coun­sel stated that he suf­fered from ex­treme on­go­ing back pain as a re­sult of “mas­sive spinal in­juries” from a farm ac­ci­dent around 15 years ago.

His de­fence claimed Whe­lan had “tried other meth­ods” of pain relief and had been pre­scribed highly ad­dic­tive drugs but “the one that worked for him was the use of cannabis”.

But Mag­is­trate Gary Fin­ger did not ac­cept this ex­cuse, telling Whe­lan that “peo­ple have back pain and don’t use pot, purely and sim­ply”.

“There are bet­ter things you can use, or more le­gal things you can use, than mar­i­juana,” Mag­is­trate Fin­ger said.

A con­vic­tion was not recorded.

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