Mahoney's half-kilo of cannabis

A FORMER Greens candidate has been caught with half a kilogram of cannabis.

Desiree Susan Mahoney, 56, contested the seat of Ipswich in three elections as a member of the Greens Party in the 1990s and early 2000s.

From 1993 until 2003 she was state spokeswoman for the party.

Police raided her Esk home and found Mahoney standing in the kitchen trying to hide two large bags of cannabis.

Officers uncovered just under half a kilo in total - or 499.7g.

Police prosecutor Sergeant John Nelson said this was Mahoney's sixth appearance before the court on drug offences.

Sgt Nelson said a prison term was necessary given the significant amount of cannabis found.

Mahoney pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to possessing dangerous drugs, utensils and property used in the commission of a crime.

Her lawyer said Mahoney was a long-term user of cannabis for pain relief but had led a productive life.

He said she had lived in Esk for 27 years and had contested the state election for the seat of Ipswich three times.

Mahoney was sentenced to four months prison wholly suspended for 18 months.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum ordered a conviction be recorded.

Ms MacCallum said there were alternatives to using cannabis as pain management.



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