YOU SAID IT ON FACE­BOOK: For­mer sol­dier grew mar­i­juana to cope with PTSD

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - OPINION -

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.”

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