Mystery illness drives woman to grow, bake with marijuana
A SUMMERHOLM woman with a mystery illness - and no criminal history - found relief in medicinal marijuana, which she incorporated into salads and baked goods.
But instead of sourcing it through the health system, Irene Veronica Andrews, 48, created the product from scratch, growing marijuana plants from seeds and turning it into butter.
Gatton Magistrates Court heard police found the plants Andrews was growing when her Lockyer Valley property was searched on March 5.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor described four plants growing between 25 centimetres and 1.7 metres near Andrews' house.
"They appeared to have been tended to and in good health," Sgt Windsor said.
"(Andrews) quite candidly stated she had grown the plants from seeds for her own personal use… In order to self-medicate."
When they searched her fridge, police found more than 40 grams of green paste made from cannabis.
"She said it had been used in baking and other forms of cooking to assist in self-medication," Sgt Windsor said.
In court, Andrews was accompanied by her carer and, barely able to stand, was permitted to sit during her case mention.
She pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and producing dangerous drugs.
The court heard Andrews sought and was granted a prescription for medicinal marijuana after she landed the charges.
Defence attorney Alysha Jacobsen of Bouchier Khan Lawyers described how her client's health had begun to deteriorate but had confused doctors between four and five years ago.
"Since that time, she is still being referred to different doctors to determine what that medical condition is - initially they thought she had had a stroke," Ms Jacobsen said.
"She also instructs that her blood pressure gets very low… When she stands up, she can sometimes pass out."
Magistrate Peter Saggers told Andrews she should have sought medicinal marijuana legally at an earlier stage.
"I take it that you being charged with the offences may have prompted you to take it that one step further," Mr Saggers said.
Andrews was served a six month $500 good behaviour bond.
Mr Saggers ordered the items be forfeited.
No conviction was recorded.
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