ALMOST two kilograms of cannabis seized from an Elizabeth Town property this summer still posed a risk to the community, even though it was grown for personal use, a Supreme Court judge has said.
Police seized 1.94 kilograms of the drug from Paul Richard Hilton’s Bass Highway home on January 3 this year, where it was drying in the upstairs bedroom.
Hilton, 65, was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Launceston yesterday after being found not guilty by jury of drug trafficking but guilty of possessing a controlled substance.
He also pleaded guilty to cultivating a controlled plant.
Justice Helen Wood said the drugs that police seized had a street value of at least ,000.
“Consistent with the jury’s verdict, I find that Mr Hilton did not intend to sell any of the cannabis,” she said.
Police also found two hydroponically grown cannabis plants, three straggly specimens from the vegetable garden, a tray of 18 cannabis seedlings, hydroponic gear and nine cannabis root-balls in the search.
Justice Wood said Hilton had been a heavy drug user for most of his life, including 28 years on the methadone program.
“Although a heavy user, he would still need more than 12 months to use all the cannabis,” she said.
“When large amounts of cannabis like this are stockpiled, there’s always a risk that some of it will make its way into the community.”
Hilton was fined and put on probation for 12 months.
Justice Wood said he had indicated a willingness to undergo drug counselling.
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