Man told court his marijuana crop was to fix his depression

A MAN has told the Magistrate's Court his marijuana crop was to fix his depression and anxiety.

While executing a search warrant on January 20 police found eight mature marijuana plants behind a shed in his backyard, 136.86 grams of the dangerous drug and 4.01 grams of cannabis seeds.

Officers also found a vaporiser and bong stashed behind a television in Darren Andrew Smith's bedroom.

Inside a safe were multiple bags of cannabis, the Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

Smith said he had planted the cannabis and put it in the bags for his personal use, prosecutor Michael Ball said. He said he suffered from depression and anxiety and was using cannabis in lieu of prescribed medication to which he'd had a bad reaction.

Defence solicitor Perian Cardiff, of SR Wallace and Wallace, said Smith had ceased using cannabis and was looking into alternative methods for his condition.

Magistrate Ross Risson said the amount of the drug was not insubstantial.

He told Smith that if continued to use illegal drugs it could only land him in jail.

Smith pleaded guilty to producing and possessing cannabis and possessing drug-related utensils.

He was fined $1000. No convictions were recorded.

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