GUILTY: A Warwick man admitted to growing marijuana.
GUILTY: A Warwick man admitted to growing marijuana. Contributed

Weed growing in bedroom lands Warwick man in court

A WARWICK man who was caught growing two marijuana plants inside a tent in his home has claimed he used the drug to give up opiates.

Police searched Timothy William Lowe's house in April, uncovering two large marijuana plants, two used water pipes, a grinder, 7g of chopped marijuana, three seeds and other equipment.

At Warwick Magistrates Court last week, Lowe pleaded guilty to five charges including one count of producing and two of possessing dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Lowe, 38, admitted he used to be an opiate addict but had gone cold turkey using marijuana.

He used the drug for pain as well, Sgt Wiggan said.

Lawyer Sarah Campbell said Lowe had underlying physical and mental health issues, but was seeking help.

When sentencing Lowe, Acting Magistrate Robert Walker said he accepted Lowe was growing the plants for his personal use only.

"I recognise these offences are at the lower end, which isn't to downplay the seriousness,” Mr Walker said.

"Encouragingly you've engaged with a clinic on the Gold Coast.”

Lowe was ordered to pay a $750 fine and his convictions were not recorded.