Couple who grow cannabis together, stay together?
A WARWICK court has heard a man became involved in a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in an attempt to attain marital harmony.
Narelle Mary Toomey and Gordon Pettit each pleaded guilty to possessing and producing marijuana in Texas, with Toomey also charged with the possession of instructions on how to grow the plant, a bong and grinder.
The couple's defence barrister John Bailey told the Warwick District Court Pettit, 68, confessed to his involvement to police, telling them, "he was doing what he was told".
"The old 'happy wife, happy life'," Mr Bailey said.
The court heard the marijuana grown was for the personal and medicinal use of Pettit's 47-year-old wife.
"She's not a well lady, either mentally or physically," Mr Bailey said.
"She was using using these drugs for personal use as a way of mediation because she couldn't get (marijuana) legally."
Crown Prosecutor Katrina Overell told the court police found in the couple's house large marijuana plants drying on racks, dry marijuana in a box, lighting, large growing tents, watering equipment, growing chemicals, extraction equipment, two pots containing what appeared to be stalks of marijuana plants and a hand- written marijuana watering and fertilising schedule.
The total amount of seized marijuana weighed 2.472kg.
"The set up was organised and relatively sophisticated," Ms Overall said.
Mr Bailey told the court Toomey set up the growing tents with a hydroponic system, "as she was anxious to ensure it was done properly".
He went on to say she had purchased marijuana growing books in Amsterdam and brought them home with her.
Judge Dearden acknowledged the set up was "sophisitacted and well organised", saying of all his time in the legal profession it was "of the better set up" operations he had seen.
For the production and possession charges Pettit was fined $1000.
Toomey was sentenced to a harsher penalty of six months in jail, which was wholly suspended for 12 months.
"This is the risk you took when you decided to grow it," Judge Dearden said.