A MAN who was caught with a small amount of cannabis in his car has been convicted of possessing a prohibited drug and placed on a 12-month community correction order.
Phillip Matthew Eadie, 49, of Clear Creek Road, Clear Creek, appeared before magistrate Catherine Follent in Bathurst Local Court on Monday.
The court heard Eadie was already on a number of community correction orders when the offence occurred.
Eadie's solicitor Peter Ringbauer said the drug involved was two grams and worth about $40.
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Mr Ringbauer said his client had suffered from a number of injuries, all requiring pain relief, as well as from anxiety and depression.
"At the time of the offending behaviour, he was not taking his medication," Mr Ringbauer said, adding his client was now on a care plan.
He said he had spoken to his client and Eadie must speak to his doctor and take on their recommendations rather then self-medicate.
Mr Ringbauer said Eadie pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Police facts handed to the court told how police were patrolling Rocket Street on September 19 when they stopped near a vehicle being driven by Eadie.
A search of the vehicle revealed a small plastic container, where police located two grams of cannabis leaf, according to the police facts.
Eadie was cautioned before making full admissions the cannabis leaf was his, telling officers he had forgotten it was in his vehicle.
Police seized the drugs.
In sentencing, Ms Follent noted Eadie was on a number of community correction orders at the time of the offence, which she said aggravated the seriousness of the charge.
She also took into account the weight of the drug and the fact it was for personal use.
Ms Follent placed Eadie on a community correction order for 12 months and took no further action on the breach of the existing CCOs, which she said will continue to run.
She also ordered Eadie to attend counselling as directed.