Pot of pot sees man fined in court
A GEMFIELDS man was convicted and fined $1200 in Emerald Magistrate's Court on Monday after he pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing and producing dangerous drugs.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen told the court Emerald Criminal Investigation Branch officers went to Gary Michael Clark's home on a mining claim in Sapphire at 8.20am on Tuesday, October 11.
A search of the property found two clip-seal bags and a brown paper bag containing green leafy material.
Mr Clark admitted to the officers it was cannabis inside the bags, Sgt Ongheen told the court.
Each of the clip seal bags held 2.5g of cannabis, and the brown paper bag held 22g when it was weighed at the Emerald police station.
A 30cm cannabis plant was found growing in a pot outside the home which Sgt Ongheen said Mr Clark readily admitted to officers he had planted it and was watering it daily.
Mr Clark, who had no previous criminal history, represented himself in court and said he had given up smoking cannabis about two years ago.
"I gave up smoking two years ago and it was stupidity on my part that I kept growing it (cannabis)," Mr Clark said when asked by Magistrate Cameron Press if he had anything to say in response to the prosecutor's facts.
He maintained he no longer used the drug.
Mr Clark said he was a pensioner living on a mining claim in Sapphire when Mgst Press asked if he was working.
Mgst Press fined him $600 each for possessing dangerous drugs and producing dangerous drugs.
He did not record a conviction because of Mr Clark's lack of criminal history, but warned him not to appear before the court with a similar offence.