Nimbin resident and cannabis crusader, Peter Till.
Nimbin resident and cannabis crusader, Peter Till. The Northern Star

The man sticks it to 'the man' with dope charge

CANNABIS crusader Peter Till was remanded in custody and ordered by Magistrate Jeff Linden in Lismore Local Court yesterday to undergo a full psychiatric assessment.

Representing himself Till, 40, of Nimbin, pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing a prohibited drug.

During his submission, Till, a disability pensioner, demanded Mr Linden not call him by his name and then questioned the court's legality.

Till was also reprimanded by Mr Linden for his conduct in the court.

Police allege Till admitted ownership of a small amount of cannabis they found on the bar of Nimbin's Hemp Bar during a routine patrol of the town's CBD in January this year.

Till was arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

This charge is the latest in a string of cannabis-related charges he has notched up in NSW and Queensland.

Most of those are from taking cannabis plants to court in Lismore and Brisbane saying they were supporting evidence.

In February this year Till fronted Lismore District Court to unsuccessfully appeal against three convictions for possessing a prohibited cannabis plant, saying he used the drug to relieve pain from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in 1996.

During the appeal Till demanded Judge Walsmley refer to him as 'The Man' or 'The Rock'.

Then in April this year he faced a Brisbane Magistrate's Court, appealing convictions received after he twice took a cannabis plant to a Brisbane court also as evidence.

Brisbane Judge Douglas McGill said documents tendered by Till were unintelligible and did not constitute a coherent argument.

Yesterday Mr Linden adjourned the case to Byron Bay court on October 10 when a full psychiatric report will be presented.



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