Cannabis user gets reprieve

A 53-YEAR-OLD man who smoked cannabis at this year's Nimbin Mardi Grass yesterday escaped conviction in Lismore Local Court for driving under the influence of an illicit substance.

The East Ballina professional attended the event with his son and smoked cannabis about four-and-a-half hours before driving home.

He was stopped driving home and police saliva tests detected the presence of cannabis in his system, which is the only requirement under the legislation relating to driving under the influence of illicit substances.

Magistrate David Heilpern said the offence equated to a low-range drink-driving offence.

“The offence only involves the presence of the drug in the system. It could be a lot or a little - there is no quantification,” he said.

Mr Heilpern placed the defendant on a Section 10 bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months.



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