'Recipe for disaster': Man warned not to use drugs for pain
A SOUTH Burnett man who has 27 drug-related convictions to his name has been warned by the Kingaroy magistrate that he will end up in jail if he doesn't change his ways.
Geoffery William Mason has been a repeat culprit of drug-related offences during the last 24 years, having been more recently convicted in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and in February 2019.
Mason faced the magistrate on Monday for testing positive to marijuana while driving on Kingaroy Cooyar Rd at 2.15pm on April 30.
Police Prosecutor Pepe Gangemi told the court officers also found 16 grams of marijuana in his possession, along with a pipe used to smoke dangerous drugs.
"It needs to be a punishment to hammer home to Mr Mason that he is not to possess dangerous drugs,” Sgt Gangemi said.
Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said Mason used the drugs for personal use to manage back pain and deal with his schizophrenia.
Mr Campbell said Mason could only afford to travel into town twice a month for a doctors appointment and to receive a heavy dose of codeine through an injection, and used marijuana in the fourth week to manage his several ailments.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said he had been given three prior opportunities to change his ways while on probation, which had not been a big enough deterrent for Mason.
"I would suggest, Mr Mason, that you reorganise your priorities and either move into town, or make your trips into town more frequently because you cannot simply say I cannot afford to go more regularly,” Ms Pink said.
"The message is, if you continue to use cannabis you are walking one step at a time towards prison, and you need to start thinking about whether that is what you want.”
Ms Pink said 16 grams of marijuana was much more than the one or two grams that normally landed people in court, and warned him against taking dangerous drugs due to his schizophrenia.
"I am sure that if you speak to your mental health professional they will tell you that cannabis and schizophrenia are a recipe for disaster,” she said.
"Cannabis is clearly linked to psychotic episodes and it would not be in your best interests to be using cannabis to manage pain.”
For possessing dangerous drugs and utensils, Mason was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, wholly suspended with a six-month operational period.
For drug-driving on a probationary licence, he was convicted and fined $600 and disqualified from driving for five months.