Cost of medical marijuana oil ‘too expensive for pensioners’

A father and son, both prescribed with medical marijuana oil, decided to grow their own marijuana after the first medical marijuana batch cost them $460 for a 100ml bottle, which lasted them two weeks.

Scott James Lindley Elliott and his son, Matthew Scott Lindley Elliott, both pleaded guilty on May 11 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count each of producing a dangerous drug, possessing items used to produce dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.

Police prosecutor Zoe Melksham said police executed a search warrant at a Mount Morgan address on April 6 at 1.15pm, with the pair declaring marijuana plants were growing in the spare room.

She said police found a tent set up in the spare room with 11 plants growing inside, along with six UV lights and industrial fans used for the production.

Ms Melksham said police also found scales and a bong.

She said the Elliotts told police they were growing the marijuana for personal use.

Defence lawyer Joanne Madden said both men had approval for medical marijuana due to them both having significant health issues.

She said Matthew had a stroke four years ago, along with other medical issues leaving him with constant pain in his shoulder and back, along with spasms.

Matthew Scott Lindley Elliott pleaded guilty, along with his father Scott, to one count each of producing a dangerous drug, possessing items used to produce dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.
Matthew Scott Lindley Elliott pleaded guilty, along with his father Scott, to one count each of producing a dangerous drug, possessing items used to produce dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.

Ms Madden said Scott had been on a disability pension for a long time, had two heart attacks earlier this year and has severe back pain after falling off a horse which then fell on top of him.

Scott James Lindley Elliott pleaded guilty on May 11 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count each of producing a dangerous drug, possessing items used to produce dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.
Scott James Lindley Elliott pleaded guilty on May 11 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count each of producing a dangerous drug, possessing items used to produce dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.

 

She said the Elliotts purchased a 100ml bottle of medical marijuana oil for $460 and it only lasted them two weeks.

Ms Madden said after realising they could not afford that price, they decided to grow their own marijuana to produce their own oil.

Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale said the men would just have to find a way to afford the legally-produced product.

She placed Matthew on a 12-month probation order and Scott on a six-month probation order.

Both men had convictions recorded.



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