Dad-to-be determined to change drug-taking ways
JOSEPH Francis Speedy, 21, has been smoking marijuana for seven years but the dad-to-be is determined to change his ways.
When Speedy appeared in Murgon Magistrates Court on two drug-related charges, his defence lawyer Troy McDougall said the young man was working hard to secure employment, and had changed friendship groups in order to secure a better future for his family.
"He understands it is not a way to bring a baby in the world if he is smoking cannabis,” Mr McDougall said.
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said police found 21.77 grams of marijuana in nine clipseal bags in Speedy's bedroom when they executed a search warrant on June 2.
Speedy told police the marijuana was for personal use, and police also found a pipe.
Magistrate Louisa Pink credited Speedy for being one of five people in Cherbourg qualified with a construction licence, which he achieved with the support of his mother.
"It seems smoking since 14 is holding you back and you need to make some serious efforts to stop that, and having a baby on the way should be every reason to stop,” Ms Pink said.
"You have done a lot of work and you don't throw that away because you want to keep smoking cannabis.”
Speedy was fined $500 for both drug-related charges, and was not further punished for failing to appear in court on June 18.
Ms Pink exercised her discretion to not record a conviction.
"It is your final opportunity to ensure it wont stop you from getting a new job, but the rest is in your court,” she said.