Man tells cops cannabis set-up is for tomatoes

ROCKHAMPTON'S James Joseph Hall tried to tell police he was growing tomatoes in his house not cannabis.

But the "hydroponic set-up" found in his Wood St home didn't fool detectives from Rockhampton's CIB who searched the residence at 2.50pm on March 28.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes told the Rockhampton Magistrate's Court cannabis, multiple electrical items and a pipe was found at the address.

"Police found a sandwich bag of cannabis, weighing 46.5g, which he (Hall) admitted to using for a hip injury," Snr Const. Janes said.

"They also found multiple electrical items including heat lamps, extension cords, a black tarpaulin, old cannabis leaves on the ground and in bags as well as fertiliser. Hall told police he was growing tomatoes in the room and had gotten rid of them the week before.

"Police also found a pipe at which Hall admitted to using to smoke cannabis for personal use."

Duty lawyer Joanne Madden said Hall, who was already on probation for a previous offence, used cannabis for pain relief.

"He was in a car accident and had a hip replacement so he used the cannabis for pain relief," Ms Madden said.

"He's in a catch 22 situation as his doctor had said he's got an addictive personality and that pain killers will assist him but that he could become addicted."

But Magistrate Jeff Clarke wasn't taking excuses from the 56-year-old.

"It's unfortunate you have been using cannabis as a pain relief but you need to see your doctor about other ways to treat your pain because at the end of the day this is illegal," Magistrate Clarke said.

Hall pleaded guilty to one count of possessing dangerous drugs, one count of possessing property suspected to be used in relation to dangerous drugs and one count of possessing utensils.

He was sentenced to six months' probation with no convictions recorded.



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