Probation for marijuana plants

A MAN caught growing 23 cannabis plants on his Bullyard property has been sentenced to probation.

Michael Thomas Spring, 54, this morning faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with one count of producing dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman said when officers raided Spring's property, he said he had been given the plants by a friend a week before and he had watered them every day since.

Sgt Todman said the 23 plants each stood about 10cm high.

Lawyer Matt Messenger said Spring suffered from throat cancer and was having money problems.

"He's been unable to work for some time," he said.

"He indicates he's been under quite a lot of stress."

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said due to Spring's history of drug-related offences, his punishment would need to be more than fines, which he had received in the past.

Ms Batts sentenced the 54-year-old to 12 months probation.

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