Man grew pot to combat price rise

A CARTERS Ridge man thought growing his own illegal plants was a good idea to combat the rising costs of buying marijuana.

"It's going to take a lot of work for you to overcome your addiction," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Todd Trevor Kachel, 30, of Poulsens Rd. He appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday to answer four drug-related charges.

The court heard Kachel had been addicted to marijuana for 15 years. A police search of his home on September 9 found a hydroponic set-up in a shed, 37 plants up to 50cm tall, 67grams of dried cannabis, scales and a pipe.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Lisa Manns advised the court that Kachel told police marijuana had become "too expensive" to buy, so he grew his own.

Mrs Baldwin told Kachel there were lots of reasons to give up smoking marijuana including not exposing children to the substance.

Kachel was placed on six months' probation.

In a separate case, producing and possessing a dangerous drug, cost a Kandanga man $1000 when he appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police searched the Nobby Glen Rd property on September 10 and found four seedlings and seven plants in the ground by a creek and 74 grams of dried marijuana in a shed.

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