Cannabis smoker planted seed “just for something to do”

WILLIAM James Whitton was just looking for something to do when he planted a cannabis seed.

Although the 44-year-old said he didn't really care for it, Whitton pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to producing a dangerous drug, as well as possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick said detectives searched Whitton's house on March 24 and found small amounts of cannabis in several rooms.

Snr Const Barwick said officers also found nine cannabis seeds and a small cannabis plant.

She said Whitton told police he had planted the seed "just for something to do", but didn't take care of it. Police also found pipes, digital scales and grinders in the house.

Snr Const Barwick said Whitton told officers the items were for personal use.

Defence solicitor Mitchell Jamison said Whitton admitted to owning some of the utensils, but said others belonged to a friend.

Magistrate Cameron Press warned Whitton he was "getting close to going to jail" for drug-related offences.

Whitton was sentenced to probation for 15 months.


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