Cannabis was used for pain relief, court heard
CANNABIS users claiming to use the drug for a medical purpose continue to be charged with offences and go before Gladstone Magistrates Court.
Sharon Joy Pollock was another to fall foul of the law when she was charged with growing marijuana at her Tannum Sands home.
Pollock, 58, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis on February 26; possession of 78.3 grams of cannabis and seeds; and possession of drug utensils. In a police search of her home, officers found one plant cut up in a paper bag, a quantity of cannabis and seeds.
Through her lawyer, Pollock told the court the drug helped to manage arthritis pain and other health issues.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said Pollock instructed him that she uses prescribed medication after being diagnosed with auto immune disease and suffers arthritis pain.
"Using cannabis helps her with nausea (from the medication)," Mr Pepito said.
"However, this is still illegal in Queensland."
Magistrate Penelope Hay said although there was no supportive medical evidence before the court about Pollock, she would accept the submission.
She noted the government's release of the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 for public consultation, and that medicinal cannabis products are being considered to be legally prescribed in treatment.
Ms Hay said obviously the medicinal use of marijuana was still illegal and how any legislative changes would be effected was yet to be determined by government.
She would take into account these matters.
Ms Hay sentenced Pollock to a six-month supervised probation order. Pollock was told to see her GP about the nausea side effects.