74-year-old fined $1500 for seedlings
A 74-YEAR-OLD Urangan man has been fined $1500 for having almost 100 cannabis seedlings in his possession at a Lowmead property.
Kelvin Lydon Currie said he was only growing the plants in order to make cookies to medicate his anxiety.
Currie pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to producing the dangerous drug.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll said Currie had been on another Lowmead property when police conducted a search on October 12 and found a number of cannabis plants.
She said during that search Currie admitted to having cannabis seedlings on his property. However, he was not linked to the plants found on the first property.
She said police conducted a search on Currie's property the next day and found 99 seedlings between 5cm and 15cm tall which weighed a combined total of 159g.
"The cannabis plants were in individual pots," she said.
"The soil was moist and appeared to be recently tended."
Defence lawyer Allan Mallard said Currie had been co-operative with police since the first search warrant and made full admissions about his seedlings.
He said Currie had planned to use the cannabis for personal use after he discovered cannabis cookies helped his anxiety.
Mr Mallard said Currie had expressed remorse.
"It has taken a heavy toll on his mental health," he said.
It was the first time Currie had appeared before the courts.
Magistrates Graeme Tatnell said people who self-medicated with cannabis needed to recognise what they were doing was illegal.
"It's almost become epidemic proportions of people using these drugs for health reasons," he said.
He said five or six people had used the same excuse already yesterday morning.
Mr Tatnell fined Currie $1500 and ordered no conviction be recorded.