Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Pot Grower Given a Lifeline; Grazier Avoids Conviction over Marijuana Crop

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Pot Grower Given a Lifeline; Grazier Avoids Conviction over Marijuana Crop

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Byline: Carolyn Archer Carolyn.Archer@news-mail.com.au

A GRAZIER who left four weapons in an unlocked gun safe has been given the opportunity to hold on to his firearms licence, despite pleading guilty to growing marijuana.

Bailey Mitchell Crighton, 31, faced the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to producing and possessing marijuana on his 16ha property at Captain Creek.

When police searched the property on September 8 this year they found 1.28kg of dried marijuana buds in one 60L drum, 3.23kg marijuana leaf in a second 60L drum and 10 plants.

Crighton told police the dried drugs came from 25 plants he's grown from January that year.

Police also found two gun safes in a house that were closed but unlocked and contained four guns.

During sentencing Crighton's defence lawyer, Edwina Rowan told the court her client grew the low quality marijuana to help him sleep but since being charged had sought medical help to find a legal alternative to combat the issue. …

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