$540 fine for medicinal cannabis

A BURNETT Heads man was fined $540 for possessing cannabis which he claimed was used for medicinal purposes.

Peter James Spain, 57, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to possessing drugs, possessing utensils and possessing a thing to help with drug use.

Police prosecutor Robyn Shapcott said police searched Spain’s Aldridge Street home about 11.20am on July 15 and found three clipseal bags containing cannabis.

“As police explained the warrant, Spain was observed pulling a clipseal back with a green leafy substance and put it on the table,” she said.

Police later located two more clipseal bags of cannabis.

The three bags of cannabis had a combined weight of 43.5g.

“Spain said he had purchased it from the Caltex in front of the police station on Bourbong Street,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Defence lawyer Kel Pearson said Spain was a self-employed boilermaker.

He said Spain broke his back about 10 years ago and struggled to use pain killers because they induced heart attacks.

“He has spoken with his doctor to try and organise some alternative pain relief,” he said.

Mr Pearson said Spain had suffered a total of seven heart attacks.

Spain’s criminal history was limited to three previous charges, which were all drug related.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts fined him a total of $540 for all three charges.

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