YOU SAID IT ON FACEBOOK: Former soldier grew marijuana to cope with PTSD
A FORMER army soldier, who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, landed in court for growing marijuana plants at his Glenwood home.
Maryborough Magistrates Court heard on the 41-year-old lived with post traumatic stress disorder as a result of spending 21 years in the army, and used the drug to help him cope. The father-of-two pleaded guilty on Tuesday to producing a dangerous drug in what was his first appearance before a court.
A search of his property revealed five marijuana plants growing in pots, all of which were under 10cm in height. He was fined $500.
The Fraser Coast community shared their thoughts on the Chronicle Facebook page.
Lesandrhonda Ridley: “Rules are rules just because he is a soldier that doesn’t make it right.
He should know right from wrong just like you and me.”
Amber Leigh: “If our mental health services were up to scratch, perhaps he wouldn’t have had to resort to breaking the law... just a thought.”
Sonia Jarvis: “If you’ve never walked in his shoes, then don’t judge.”
Karen Capner: “Leave him alone, who knows what he has been through. Jeez it’s not like he had porn or ice.”
Mee Suh-Kee: “Yeah, but our ‘honourable’ politicians can’t raise revenue from dope to top up their superannuation.”
Electra Jade Alberti: “How about you deal with several tours of war then PTSD for the rest of your life before having an opinion?
“I’m currently doing a degree in criminal law and even most of my peers and professors think the law is stupid.
“Don’t even get me started on how many doctors would stand behind its legalisation.”
Bek Nixon: “Leave him alone. Hasn’t he been through enough crap?”
Jason Weston: “Time to decriminalise cannabis once and for all.”
Joanne Chapman: “Leave him alone. He was not hurting anyone.”