Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Man Grew, Smoked Marijuana to Cope with His Back Pain

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Man Grew, Smoked Marijuana to Cope with His Back Pain

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Byline: Emily Burley emily.burley@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A MAN has been found growing marijuana at his home for a second time.

Mark Allan Balmer, 45, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to growing marijuana, possessing marijuana, possessing equipment used to grow the plants and possessing a bong.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said police searched Balmer's Gladstone home on November 29 last year.

Sgt Stevens said police found nine marijuana plants, 1.2kg of dried marijuana, a plastic bong and equipment including scales, hosing and an air conditioning unit.

He said Balmer's wife and six-year-old child were home at the time of the search.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said his client was worried a drug conviction on his record would stop him from being able to visit his wife's family in the Philippines.

Mr Pepito said Balmer used to work at a gas plant but had injured his back in a work accident.

He said Balmer could now only perform light duties, but had been unemployed for the past two years. …

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