‘Grow-your-own’ marijuana lands man in court
A SOUTHSIDE man who was planning to grow his own marijuana in a converted garage told police he was only waiting to obtain seeds, Gympie Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
To avoid the expenses of buying the drug, Christopher Charles Keddie constructed a grow tent to facilitate his own crop.
The court heard Keddie spent $1500 to construct the grow tent, made from reflective housing complete with an exhaust outlet, inlet for power and 600-watt grow light.
The project also included carbon air filter to remove the smell of marijuana from the air inside the converted garage.
Police found the structure during a search of his Southside home on May 23.
Keddie was away from the premises at the time but his partner was there.
It was revealed that Keddie had decided to grow his own plants because it was too expensive to regularly buy marijuana.
He had intended to grow the plants once he had obtained seeds.
Keddie pleaded guilty to possessing the grow tent and was fined $550.
Another man also faced Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday in relation to a number of drug-related charges.
Joseph Mark Fitzgerald faces several charges including producing cannabis at Mothar Mountain, possessing a hydroponics set-up, possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.
Mr Fitzgerald also faces charges of possessing a category-A weapon and prohibited explosives.
The 56-year-old man will return to Gympie Magistrates Court in relation to a total of six charges on August 12.