Breast cancer survivor fined for drug use

A 46 year-old Kingaroy woman has been fined for unlawfully possessing dangerous drugs and utensils.

Mary Anne Rylands pleaded guilty to the two charges in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on September 17.

Kingaroy police found less than a gram of marijuana, and a pipe and grinder involved with drug use, during a search warrant on August 29 at 1pm.

The court heard the single mum had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, gone through chemotherapy, and smoked the marijuana to help the pain.

Magistrate Louisa Pink said she recognised the early plea, Ryland's disability pension, and the fact that the offences were at the lower end of the drug offence scale.

"It is illegal and if you continue to possess it, there is a real risk you will continue to come into contact with police, and come before the court," she said.

Rylands was fined $600 and convictions were recorded.

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