A magistrate has questioned a Coast man’s parenting after he and his son were caught with 11 marijuana plants near their property.
Glenn Mackrell, 57 and Glenn Allan Mackrell, 22, pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday to possessing and producing dangerous drugs.
Mackrell junior also pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs and possessing property suspected of have been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence, whereas Mackrell senior pleaded guilty to possessing utensils or pipes that had been used.
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Police prosecutor Alison Johnstone said police found 11 mature marijuana plants which varied between 1m and 1.5m in height as well as 5g of marijuana in the lounge room of a Ringtail Creek home on March 20.
Sergeant Johnstone said Mackrell junior told police he would make up small bags of marijuana which he then sold to friends for $20.
“He said he would either clip the cannabis from the plants or simply take an amount of cannabis from home,” she said.
She said a mobile phone was also found during the search that showed a number of photographs of marijuana plants.
A small quantity of marijuana was later found in Mackrell senior’s bedroom with a pair of scissors that had been used to cut the leafy material.
Sergeant Johnstone said the boiler maker made full admissions.
“He admitted to regularly smoking cannabis and described how he had grown the plants from seeds, and he would water them on a regular basis to ensure there growth,” she said.
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Defence lawyer Bernard Bradley said the reason behind the pair’s behaviour was recreational and was not sophisticated.
“There is literally some seeds planted in the bush behind their house in both cases,” he said.
Mr Bradley asked magistrate Maxine Baldwin to not record convictions for the father and son.
He said it would have a “deleterious effect” on Mackrell junior’s ability to earn income in the future as he was studying to become a teacher.
Ms Baldwin said she couldn’t understand how Mackrell senior allowed his son to get involved.
“I cannot for the life of me understand how a parent could not say ‘listen mate this will ruin your life let’s not do this,” she said.
Ms Baldwin said the court was much more tolerant of “youthful stupidity” but that did not apply to Mackrell senior.
Mackrell senior was fined $900.
Ms Baldwin placed Mackrell junior on a good behaviour bond for 12 months and said he was crazy to be involved with drugs as an aspiring teacher.
“I can’t understand why someone who wants to be a teacher would even risk that in having drug charges because if schools are going to employ someone … they are not going to employ someone who thinks its OK to smoke dope,” she said.
Mackrell junior was spared a conviction.