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Ganga greens used for septic foot pain relief

SUFFERING from a throbbing foot infected with gangrene, Russell Inskip says he smoked marijuana to ease the pain.

Inskip, 37, told a Gladstone magistrate pain killers hadn't helped with relief so he used marijuana for the pain.

His lawyer, Jun Pepito, offered to show magistrate Penelope Hay photos of the infected foot, warning it didn't look good but it was deemed not necessary.

Inskip, a traffic controller, pleaded guilty to driving without due care on February 29 and possession of drugs and drug utensils at Mount Tom on February 12.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police searched Inskip's car and found clip-seal bags with 6.5 grams of green material and another gram of marijuana among his laundry clothes.

In a separate incident Mr Reece said Inskip was involved in a single-vehicle accident at 11.45pm on February 29 when his Holden Rodeo crossed centre lines at Wurdong Heights and crashed into trees.

"He says he fell asleep at the wheel," Mr Reece said.

"He was not under the influence of any drug or alcohol and says it was his fault."

Mr Reece said at the time of the offences Inskip was on a jail sentence and suspended for two years by Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Mr Pepito said there was one prior offence of careless driving.

He said Inskip was a diabetic and his having taken medication for many years caused him to get gangrene.

"He was given only Panadol forte and it got to the point where it wasn't working so he used cannabis to relieve the pain," Mr Pepito said. "I explained to him that in Queensland it is still illegal to use cannabis."

Mr Pepito said in the crash Inskip had written off his $7000 Holden, which should be regarded by the court as extra punishment.

Inskip was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for one month.

The operational period of his suspended sentence was increased by three months.



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