Drugs found in Proserpine man’s garage used to treat pain
A Proserpine man used marijuana for his back pain because he did not like the side effects of his prescribed medication.
Anthony Paul Nitz pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday to possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.
The court heard police searched his home on December 11 last year.
Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Sean Franklin said when officers asked if he had anything to declare, the 46 year old admitted there was drugs and utensils in the garage.
Police found 17.7 grams of marijuana in several small containers as well as a milk bottle that had been fashioned into a water pipe.
Digital scales and several other pipes were also seized.
Duty lawyer Peta Vernon told the court the father of two was using the marijuana to help treat sciatic pain.
Ms Vernon said he was prescribed Endone but did not like the side effects that came with it.
The court heard Nitz was on a waiting list for surgery to help fix his back problems.
Magistrate James Morton said pain was no excuse to break the law.
"There's nothing worse than a sore back but turning to elicit drugs certainly is not going to fix the problem," he said.
"Sort yourself out and get yourself some legal pain relief."
Nitz was fined $550 and no conviction was recorded.