Fourteen cannabis plants in an unemployed man’s wardrobe were medicine for his dying mother, a court has been told.
Roger James MacDonald, 36, of Patea pleaded guilty to growing cannabis and possessing cannabis oil when he appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Toon said police arrived at the Patea property at 1am on August 21, in response to a domestic incident. While there, another person at the address informed police there was cannabis grown on the property.
A search was made, and police found 14 plants, all about 40cm to 50cm tall, growing under lights in MacDonald’s bedroom wardrobe, and 40 small cuttings growing in pots under lights in the garage. A pyrex roasting dish was found under MacDonald’s bed, containing a thin film of cannabis oil, and a razor blade for scraping it off.
MacDonald admitted it was his, but said the oil had been given to him and the plants were not purely for personal use, Mr Toon said. He grew some of the plants for his mother who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was bailed to his Patea home, where he is fulltime caregiver for his mother. He will appear for sentencing on November 4.
By KATIE CHAPMAN