Man, 73, jailed for growing a crop of marijuana

AN ELDERLY man has been sent to prison for growing a crop of marijuana on his rural Fraser Coast property.

Robert George Lewis, 73, will spend two months behind bars after pleading guilty on Tuesday to producing and possessing dangerous drugs.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court heard police found 21 plants - some up to 1m tall - growing around his property at Tallegalla Weir, near Bauple, during a raid on March 22.

At the time, Lewis was serving a suspended sentence handed down in August last year for identical offences.

Defence lawyer Travis George said Lewis did not have a reason for his reoffending.

"He's a long-term user of cannabis... it can only be described as a poor choice," he said.

Lewis suffered numerous health complications, Mr George said, as a result of a severe stroke in the early 2000s.

"He has undergone intensive speech therapy. It takes him time to process information," he said.

Lewis was sentenced to six months jail for producing dangerous drugs and two months for possession.

His parole release date was set at June 30.



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