60 marijuana plants in the backyard were for personal use
A MAN who was growing more than 60 marijuana plants in his back yard claimed they were all for personal use.
Grant Andrew Levy, 46, pleaded guilty to unlawfully producing a dangerous drug and possessing hydroponic equipment in the commission of a crime in the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court heard that police raided Levy's Camira house on a warrant on Monday, April 15 this year where they found a covered room in the back of the house where they heard a buzzing noise and could smell marijuana.
There they found a room containing a hydroponic set up with seven large marijuana plants being grown inside.
Fourteen smaller plants were found outside the room, and a further 40 plants in the back yard.
Police also found plastic bags inside containing marijuana leaves and hashish which Levy admitted were his.
The court heard Levy had begun smoking the drug to self-medicate after being diagnosed with anxiety.
Magistrate Michael Quinn said Levy was fortunate to not be charged with the more serious offence of dealing the drug.
"You are indeed fortunate it was not alleged there was an element of commerciality," he said.
"Given the amount found and the set-up, people would be forgiven for assuming it wasn't just for personal use."
Magistrate Quinn said as Levy had no criminal history and was the carer to his ill wife and mother he would be lenient on him.
"One wonders how you would put them at risk by offending like this though."
Levy was given an $800 fine but no conviction was recorded.