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