Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

UNCOOL, MAN Busdriverlosesfight; Tribunal Backs Decision to Cancel Authority

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

UNCOOL, MAN Busdriverlosesfight; Tribunal Backs Decision to Cancel Authority

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Byline: janine hill

A SCHOOL bus driver who turned to cannabis as a painkiller has lost his bid to win back his cancelled driver's authority.

Reginald Barry Bowden, of Pomona, had appealed a Transport Department decision to cancel his driver's authorisation after he was successfully prosecuted for growing cannabis last year.

But the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal determined the cancellation was "correct and proper".

MR Bowden had submitted to the tribunal that the cancellation would cost him "any gainful employment for the rest of my life".

In his submission, he said that he had never worked while under the influence of a drug.

He wrote that he used cannabis as an alternative to paracetamol to control pain following two motor vehicle accidents.

Mr Bowden told the Daily yesterday that he suffered constant pain from injuries, including a fractured spine and shoulder damage in 1974 and 1994 accidents.

He said he began using cannabis because he was worried about the effect of extended paracetamol use on his health. …

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