His money goes up in smoke with $1200 fine

NIMBIN’S Vana Matthews made no apology for his smoky drug habit, telling magistrate Robyn Denes he enjoyed smoking cannabis although he had been charged by police 18 times.

With a long list of previous drug charges Matthews, 26, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to possessing equipment to administer a prohibited drug; cultivation of a prohibited plant; and possession of cannabis at Nimbin on December 3 last year.

“I don’t have anything to say. I’m guilty,” Matthews said.

“Do you want to get off?” a concerned Ms Denes asked him.

“I do enjoy it,” he replied.

“I do want to get off it. I don’t like to be forced to do something.

“I don’t mind stopping.

“When I settle on my own accord, I reckon, I’ll do a lot better.

“I’ve lived in Nimbin 10 years and been charged 18 times. It’s ridiculous.”

Ms Denes said supervision had previously not worked and she would impose a monetary penalty.

“One day you will find yourself in jail and then you will have to stop,” the magistrate warned him.

“Clearly you enjoy smoking it but, whatever your views on the drug, it is against the law.”

She fined Matthews $1200.

“It has become a very expensive habit,” Ms Denes said.

“I agree,” replied the cannabis consumer.



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