Cannabis diet for glaucoma
SAYING eating cannabis was his way to reduce the side effects of glaucoma, Gympie man Gregory Francis Houghton pleaded guilty to the charge of producing a dangerous drug, in Gympie Magistrates Court today.
Prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman said Houghton was charged with growing marijuana plants between December 1, 2010 and March 8.
Houghton told magistrate Maxine Baldwin he planted the drug last year to help with his medical condition.
Duty solicitor Corey Jenkins said the defendant was on disability payment, after losing his job because of glaucoma.
Mr Jenkins said his client’s medication was too expensive and eating the leaves of the cannabis plant took the pressure off his eyes.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said unless Houghton moved interstate to South Australia – where she thought marijuana was allowed for medical reasons – he couldn’t grow cannabis. Houghton, 47, was fined $150.