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Man claims marijuana plants were for bonsai cultivation

A REDBANK man has been caught growing marijuana for a unique purpose.

When police found several marijuana plants at the home of Kelvin Donald Midgeley, the 36-year-old said he had no intention of selling or smoking the drug.

Instead, Midgeley claimed he had been growing the illegal plant for the purpose of bonsai cultivation.

Bonsai is the art of growing, pruning and manipulating a tree in a pot so it remains small or dwarfed.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rebecca McDonald said Midgeley was charged for producing dangerous drugs on November 25, 2014.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Midgeley pleaded guilty to the crime.

He said he knew what he was doing was against the law but that his intentions were innocent.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said no matter what Midgeley's purposes were for growing marijuana, it was still illegal to grow the plant.

In addition to the offence, Midgeley was also charged with driving while his licence was suspended on September 1, 2014.

He was convicted and fined $500 for both offences and disqualified from driving for a month.

Topics:  bonsai ipswich magistrates court


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