Woman reveals drugs

A FIT of asthma led to further charges against a Southside woman when she was detained by police for her part in a disturbance on June 30.

Angelina Pepe, 49, found it hard to breathe when she was being spoken to by police and reached into her handbag for a puffer.

Arresting officers noticed a clip-seal bag of cannabis among her things, and she was given a notice to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court charged with possession of a dangerous drug.

Pepe told Gympie Court she had taken the risk and used cannabis to self medicate for severe pain but said it “didn’t help anymore anyway”.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said it was illegal to use cannabis for any reason in Queensland.

“Problem is, there is only one state in Australia that allows you to use cannabis for pain relief,” she said.

Pepe’s husband stood to explain his wife’s medical condition to Mrs Baldwin.

“It was a silly idea in the first place,” he confessed. “It did help for a while...”

Pepe, of Lily Street, Southside, was placed on an $800 bond to be of good behaviour for eight months with no conviction recorded.

Gympie Times


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