Green thumb caught out
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.