Self-medicating with cannabis lands man in court

PRESCRIBING for severe depression and anxiety is best left to medical professionals.

Using 367.5g of cannabis as "medication" would probably not be in any doctor's handbook, but one man found out the hard way that no matter the reasons, the law is clear when it comes to growing dangerous drugs.

Shane Eric Aldous, 55, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to one count of producing dangerous drugs, after police located the hefty amount of weed at his property at about 11.15pm on February 12.

Officers had attended to another matter at the address, and while arresting another man, that tenant pointed to cannabis plants in the front yard and told police Aldous had been growing them.

Aldous admitted they were his and he had been cultivating them for three months.

Another three plants were spotted in the side garden, as well as 22.5g of cannabis drying in his room, to which Aldous admitted was all for his personal use, as he didn't want to deal with drug dealers in town.

Appearing for the defence, Bill McMillan told the court his client had been a victim of the GFC, and while attempting to find re-employment had fallen into a severe bout of depression and anxiety.

He told the court Aldous had grown his own plants and "smoked the 'medication' as he called it".

Mr McMillan asked for no conviction be recorded against his client, who had used the weed entirely for recreational purposes and to alleviate his depression.

Magistrate Russell Warfield opted against recording a conviction but ordered Aldous to complete a 12-month probation order, due to the size of the cannabis located.

"It is a fairly large amount of cannabis found in your possession," Mr Warfield noted.



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