Police in 1kg pot stash haul at Gladstone region home
A BUMPER crop of cannabis left Ian Richard Shipley with more pot than he had bargained for when police came a knocking at his Miriam Vale home this month.
Shipley, sporting thongs and a long grey/blonde ponytail, represented himself and told Gladstone magistrate Jeffrey Clarke when growing cannabis it was usual to have "numerous fatalities" and as such he did not expect to have as much pot as he did.
"I thought I'd just store it and use it for my continued supply," Shipley, 54, said.
After searching Shipley's home on May 4 police found 23 plants, 281 grams of seeds, 787 grams of cannabis leaf, a bong and a ceramic bowl.
He pleaded guilty to possessing and producing dangerous drugs, being in possession of property suspected of having been used in connection with drug offences and possession of utensils or pipes.
Prosecutor Srg Barry Stevens said police found around 1kg of leaf material and seeds and 23 plants hanging upside down in a cupboard and on rope in a bedroom in the house.
But when Shipley was asked about the large quantity of marijuana in his possession, he said most of the material seized by police was "essentially compost" to him as he only smoked the cannabis flower.
"I don't hide from the fact I've smoked cannabis for most of my life," Shipley said.
"I use cannabis to relieve issues I'm facing."
Shipley said he hadn't been able to work as a truck driver because of "gastro intestinal, emotional and physical problems".
Mr Clarke sentenced Shipley to four months imprisonment but released him on parole immediately.
"Hopefully this will give you motivation to stop your use," Mr Clarke said.