Back pain no excuse to use drug

ALAN Kohlman, who has smoked cannabis for 28 years, was warned by a magistrate yesterday that a jail term was inevitable unless he ended his habit.
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Magistrate Tony Murray said Kohlman had started using the drug and drinking alcohol when he was 18.

In recent years, Kohlman had used the drug to ease back pain.

Mr Murray told Kohlman NSW did not allow cannabis self-medication and he would have to move elsewhere if he wanted to continue using it.

Kohlman, 46, of Eastern Circuit, appeared in Albury Local Court for sentencing on two lots of drug charges after the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

He was put on 30-month bonds and fined $800 each on charges of supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with property being the suspected proceeds of crime.

Fines totalling $900 were imposed for three other drug charges.

Kohlman was put on a two-year bond without conviction on January 10, 2012, for cannabis possession and having equipment to administer it.

The bonds were revoked by Mr Murray and fines imposed instead.

Police executed a warrant at his home on December 3 last year and Kohlman told them he had cannabis in the kitchen.

Officers searched it and found an open re-sealable bag of cannabis on top of the stove, along with cut-up silver aluminium foil, several re-sealable bags and a set of scales.

A small amount of cannabis residue was found on a bench next to the stove.

A jar holding cannabis was found in a cupboard and a second re-sealable bag with cannabis on top of a small safe.

Police also found four re-sealable bags containing cannabis residue in a rubbish bin.

Their search also revealed almost $10,000 in cash and a total of 465 grams of cannabis, which included packaging.

Solicitor Jason Hanke said most of the cannabis was for personal use, but Kohlman’s arrest had forced him to reflect on using the drug.

Mr Hanke said Kohlman had not used cannabis for two weeks.

“This has been a wake-up call for him. It is conceded the money is the proceeds of crime,” Mr Hanke said.

But he claimed the amount had been inflated by Kohlman’s successful gambling.

Mr Hanke said Kohlman had only a minor criminal history.

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