Cannabis conviction avoided

STRADBROKE woman Heather Marie Gladman, 58, avoided a conviction in Sale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Forty six cannabis plants were seized from the grandmother’s Stradbroke home, following a police raid in February of this year.

The long time campaigner for medicinal marijuana maintained the plants were grown for the treatment of sick children, including a nine-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumour.

Because of an absence of prior convictions, she was sentenced to 60 hours community service.

Ms Gladman’s neighbour, who had 30 plants seized around the same time, was sentenced to 120 hours community service.

Medicinal cannabis is currently under trial in Victoria, with the government predicting children suffering severe epileptic seizures would have access to medicinal cannabis in the form of oil or tablet by 2017.