A MAN caught growing 77 marijuana plants in Boonooroo has been fined more than $5000.
At Maryborough Magistrates Court, Kerry Gilbert Levinge, 30, pleaded guilty to producing dangerous drugs.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said the plants were found all over Levinge's property when police searched on September 17.
They ranged from saplings to plants 50cm high.
Levinge's legal representative Sarah Laikind said the drugs were to help with her client's chronic pain due to a number of medical issues.
"The plants were for his own personal use. He treats himself with cannabis to manage his chronic pain," Ms Laikind said.
Magistrate John Smith accepted this, and told Levinge he was in luck.
"Today you are one lucky man, because you are not going to jail," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said he was concerned that Levinge's drug offences were escalating, as prior to this charge of producing drugs, he had only faced charges of possession.
Levinge was warned the next time he appeared on similar charges he could expect a jail sentence.
He was fined $5,500 by Mr Smith.
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