Cannabis found on pizza mak­ers

Busi­ness­men caught with wrong in­gre­di­ent

The Observer - - NEWS - SARAH BARNHAM [email protected]­sto­neob­server.com.au

A COURT has heard busi­ness part­ners caught mak­ing cannabis oil in­stead of pizza had no in­ten­tions of sell­ing it.

Co-ac­cused and busi­ness part­ners Ful­vio Od­done and Claude Sab­dyn ap­peared in Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court to­gether and pleaded guilty to drug pos­ses­sion, drug uten­sil pos­ses­sion and drug pro­duc­tion charges.

The court heard on De­cem­ber 16 po­lice were called to an ad­dress at Sun Val­ley fol­low­ing re­ports of a dis­tur­bance.

At the ad­dress they found four cannabis plants, the tallest be­ing 100cm.

Of­fi­cer’s also found Od­done’s wa­ter bong, the pair’s cannabis oil cook­ing uten­sils and over 300grams of cannabis oil.

There was also 48 grams of cannabis found in­side a cof­fee mug and 21 seeds.

De­fence lawyer June Pepito said the pair moved from Vic­to­ria to Queens­land to open a pizza busi­ness in Glad­stone.

He said Od­done was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and found cannabis oil the best med­i­ca­tion for his con­di­tion.

Mr Pepito said Sab­dyn was a fa­ther of two, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old.

The court heard Sab­dyn’s el­dest suf­fered from Evan’s Syn­drome, a rare au­toim­mune dis­ease.

“He said the cannabis oil pro­hibits the white blood cells from at­tack­ing the red blood cells,” Mr Pepito said.

“They say the cannabis oil is much bet­ter than the pre­scrip­tive med­i­ca­tion.” Mag­is­trate Brian Kucks said un­til it was made le­gal, peo­ple could not self-med­i­cate with cannabis.

“I know there has been a lot of hoo-ha in the me­dia over the last few years about medic­i­nal cannabis,” he said.

“It is still il­le­gal. “There may be ben­e­fits in par­tic­u­lar with dis­eases or con­di­tions, but un­til med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties con­vince leg­is­la­tors, then it is still il­le­gal to pos­sess cannabis, to grow (it) or to make oil. Od­done and Sab­dyn were placed on $1500 good be­hav­iour bonds and con­vic­tions were not recorded.

‘‘ I KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF HOO-HA IN THE ME­DIA OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS ABOUT MEDIC­I­NAL CANNABIS.

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