Green thumb caught out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE cleared out a Moss­man man’s per­sonal crop of cannabis plants af­ter ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant at a Moss­man prop­erty in Novem­ber.

Eighty-one cannabis plants were seized, rang­ing from 10cm to 1.6m tall, along with 160 grams of cannabis.

Po­lice told the Moss­man Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day that equip­ment to cul­ti­vate the plants was also found dur­ing the search.

Jar­rah Parkin­son, a 34year-old lo­cal, ap­peared be­fore the court fac­ing one charge of pro­duc­ing a dan­ger­ous drug and one charge of pos­sess­ing a dan­ger­ous drug.

His le­gal coun­sel, Michael Bolt from Bolt Burchill Tran­ter Lawyers, told the court that Parkin­son grew cannabis for per­sonal use to deal with chronic back pain that had plagued him since he was 19.

Act­ing Mag­is­trate Raimund Heg­gie said that Parkin­son had a “like his­tory with re­spect to this kind of of­fend­ing”, not­ing that his back pain was a long­stand­ing is­sue.

“Quite sim­ply it is il­le­gal,” he said.

“It is a sub­stance which con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to the costs of health in the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Heg­gie fined Parkin­son $1500, and a con­vic­tion was recorded.

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