Australia: 81-year-old fined for growing cannabis to relieve stomach pain

Pondering Pot reports..

Two men from Toowoomba have been given fines after they were caught with less than $1,000 of cannabis each.

The two men, 81 and 40 years old, are local to the White Mountain area of Queensland. The 81-year-old is the stepfather of the 40-year-old. Both men were arrested on several drug offences after police raided their homes on Thursday, May 13th, 2021.

Inside the 81-year-old man’s caravan, police located 13 grams of cannabis, a bong, and a metal pipe. The 13 grams of cannabis is worth roughly $235 on Brisbane’s black market. The 81-year-old was charged with possessing cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Police also found cannabis inside the 40-year-old man’s caravan. This time, they seized freshly harvested cannabis that was air-drying as well as a crop of cannabis from the ground. The wet cannabis weighed about 15 grams total. Police also charged the 40-year-old with possessing cannabis and drug paraphernalia, as well as one charge of producing cannabis. According to officers, the 40-year-old led police to his cannabis garden during the raid.

In court, police lawyer Amber Acreman explained that the 81-year-old man had used cannabis for the past fifty years to relieve stomach aches. She also explained that the 40-year-old had an ice addiction, though he is now clean. Both men pleaded guilty to their charges.

81-year-old fined for growing cannabis to relieve stomach pain

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