A man charged last year with growing 42 ganja plants was sentenced on Wednesday to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.
Michael John Ramos, 37, previously pleaded guilty and the court ordered a social inquiry report before proceeding to sentence.
Defense attorney Jonathon Hughes elaborated on what the court had heard at Mr. Ramos’s first appearance: that the defendant seemed to believe ganja was going to be legal soon and he would need a large amount to produce oil for his personal use.
Mr. Hughes said Mr. Ramos had wanted the ganja for medicinal purposes; he had since seen a doctor and sought a legal remedy for his condition.
The social inquiry report indicated that Mr. Ramos was a dedicated, hard worker who was a responsible provider for his children.
He did have a suspended sentence for a previous offense and Mr. Hughes asked that it not be activated by this new offense. Magistrate Grace Donalds agreed because the previous offense was of a different nature to this one.
The six-month sentence was for cultivating ganja without being authorized to do so. For possession and consumption of ganja, she imposed concurrent sentences of three and two months respectively.
At the request of Crown counsel Eleanor Fargin, she ordered the ganja and ganja trees to be forfeited and destroyed.