Marijuana mum fined $2500

A BURRUM mother struggling against a marijuana addiction has faced court after being found with 379 grams of the drug.

Bonita Vennik, 45, was fined $2500 after pleading guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to producing and possessing a drug, possessing equipment used to produce a drug, possessing instructions on how to grow cannabis and possessing a utensil.

Officers from the State Drug Investigation Unit searched Vennik’s Burrum Town home on December 5.

They found a hydroponic set-up in her laundry, 13 small cannabis plants and dozens of seedlings.

More than 160 grams of dried cannabis were also found in tobacco packets and plastic bags in Vennik’s house.

Police also found two books on how to grow cannabis, as well as a pipe used to smoke the drug.

Vennik admitted she was addicted to the drug.

She had no criminal history before her home was raided.

Defence solicitor Travis George said Vennik had taken steps to overcome her drug addiction.

Mr George said Vennik had sought counselling, separated herself from former acquaintances and had recently enrolled in a TAFE course in an effort to improve herself.

Magistrate John Smith said the large quantity of drugs found was of concern and warranted a substantial penalty.

He fined her $2500.



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