Man fined after police seize marijuana
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.