Samantha Leigh Lalic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday to producing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils and property used in the commision of a crime after police searched her house on October 16. Picture: Social media
Samantha Leigh Lalic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday to producing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils and property used in the commision of a crime after police searched her house on October 16. Picture: Social media

Mum thought weed crop was legal

A raid on a Sunshine Coast mother's house revealed her crop of marijuana, which she thought was legal.

Samantha Leigh Lalic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday to producing drugs, possessing utensils and property used in the commission of a crime after police searched her house on October 16.

Police prosecutor Stephen Potter said medium to high marijuana plants and drug items including a grinder, scales, grow tent, cone piece and containers with residue were found at the Nambour address.

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Police alleged in documents before court there were 17 plants.

Duty lawyer Michael Robinson said the mother of young twins thought her crop was legal.

"She thought it was legal to grow a small amount because she is from interstate, from Canberra, but she accepts it's not legal in this state," he said.

"Perhaps 13 plus plants wouldn't be legal in any event."

Mr Robinson said Lalic had no history and suggested a fine as an appropriate punishment.

He asked Magistrate Maxine Baldwin not to record a conviction.

He also asked for Lalic's phone, taken by police and not subject to any of the charges be returned to her.

Magistrate Baldwin said the offending was unfortunate for someone with no history.

She fined Lalic $600 and no convictions were recorded.

Lalic will be able to pick up her phone.


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