De­lan man es­capes jail af­ter be­ing caught with 236 mar­i­juana plants for his own use

Isis Town and Country - - LIFE GIN GIN NEWS -

A 35-YEAR-OLD man who grew 236 mar­i­juana plants has avoided spend­ing time be­hind bars.

Fac­ing Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day, Cameron Paul Sone pleaded guilty to pro­duc­ing a dan­ger­ous drug in ex­cess of 500g.

The court was told that when po­lice searched Sone’s prop­erty at De­lan on April 14 this year they found the mar­i­juana plants, which were be­tween 20cm and 40cm tall, along with 297g of cut branches.

The small plants were in­side Sty­ro­foam boxes in the back­yard or pot­ted in­side a con­crete wa­ter tank but the prose­cu­tor ac­cepted there were no “hall­marks” of a com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion.

De­fence bar­ris­ter James Ben­jamin said his client suf­fered a trau­matic child­hood and started smok­ing mar­i­juana at the age of 14.

He said Sone used mar­i­juana to “re­lax and avoid deal­ing prop­erly with those is­sues that plagued him”.

Mr Ben­jamin said Sone had grown his own mar­i­juana from seeds to avoid buy­ing from street deal­ers and was sur­prised by the num­ber that ger­mi­nated.

Judge David Kent told Sone it was clear he had an in­sight into his dif­fi­cul­ties and was de­ter­mined to deal with them.

The court heard Sone was a tal­ented long-dis­tance run­ner who had re­cently be­come in­volved with lo­cal run­ning groups.

But Judge Kent said con­trary to what some in the com­mu­nity be­lieved, mar­i­juana was an ex­tremely dan­ger­ous drug for the wrong peo­ple.

The judge said he had heard an ex­pe­ri­enced psy­chol­o­gist de­scribe it as “a bul­let to the brain”.

Sone was sen­tenced to nine months jail and im­me­di­ately re­leased on pa­role, there­fore avoid­ing any time spent in cus­tody.

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