A disabled 59-year--old Tin Can Bay man has been fined $400 and had no conviction recored after he was caught with marijuana leaves, seeds and methylamphetaime. Picture: iStock
A disabled 59-year--old Tin Can Bay man has been fined $400 and had no conviction recored after he was caught with marijuana leaves, seeds and methylamphetaime. Picture: iStock

If marijuana ‘does the trick’, see a doctor: Magistrate

A disabled Tin Can Bay man has been told to talk to a doctor about medical marijuana after he was caught with leaves and seeds from the illegal plant for his personal use.

Paul William Dron, 59, was found in possession of 26g of marijuana, a box of marijuana seeds, a pack of cigarettes with small amounts of marijuana in them and water bowl with methylamphetamine in it when police searched his boat and caravan on December 9 last year.

There were about 69 seeds in the box.

Dron, who lives on the vessel and represented himself, told Gympie Magistrates Court he suffered a stroke when he was 26 years old that paralysed the left side of his body.

Paul William Dron pleaded guilty to five charges in Gympie Magistrates Court.
Paul William Dron pleaded guilty to five charges in Gympie Magistrates Court.

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"I use drugs because it helps me deal with it," he said.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan allowed Dron to stand throughout his appearance, and said he should speak with a doctor about medicinal marijuana "if it does the trick".

"You do cannabis to assist you, but at this point it's illegal for you to do," Mr Callaghan said.

He accepted Dron's guilty plea to five charges related to possessing the drugs, the seeds and the utensil, fined him $400 and ordered no conviction be recorded.

Gympie Times


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