Kathleen Rachel Ruse was using marijuana as a way of dealing with multiple sclerosis.
Kathleen Rachel Ruse was using marijuana as a way of dealing with multiple sclerosis.

Weed smoking woman: 'Hurry up before I go psycho on you'

A NEWTOWN woman who self medicated with marijuana as her way of dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been placed on probation to include measures to help keep her off the drug.

Kathleen Rachel Ruse had become agitated and abusive toward police who arrived to search her Newtown home on the morning of August 3, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Warning police to hurry up "before I go psycho on you", the 25-year-old admitted a small amount of "green leafy material" found in clip seal bags was marijuana which she used to help her with her MS, police prosecutor Natalie Bugden told the court.

She also admitted a water pipe found on the lounge room floor was hers and that she had used it to smoke the drug and that some cannabis seeds found during the search were also hers that she had forgotten to throw out, Sergeant Bugden said.

Ruse pleaded guilty to possessing the drug and related utensil as well as to driving while disqualified by court order the day before the police search.

She told police she knew she was disqualified but was driving to Grand Central to do some shopping, Sgt Bugden said.

Her lawyer Peter Sloane told the court his client had been diagnosed with MS last year and was on morphine-based medication but she had been self medicating also with marijuana.

His client knew the drug was illegal to use in Queensland, he said.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck placed her on 12 months probation to include random testing for illicit drugs and disqualified her from driving for two years.



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