Woman guilty of growing cannabis

A 20-year-old woman told police she was growing cannabis in her bedroom because it was cheaper than buying it from a dealer.

Kamia Anne Milward, of Palmerston North, pleaded guilty to a count of cultivating cannabis and possessing utensils, in Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Murray Lyons said Milward's property on Cuba St in Palmerston North was searched by police on May 9 about midday.

Bongs, pipes, traces of cannabis and cannabis oil, and other utensils were found at the address. In her room police also found a 1m cannabis plant. There were two more plants at the back of the property.

"She said she grew cannabis because she did not want to pay for it," Mr Lyons said.

She was sentenced to 100 hours community work and six months supervision to undertake alcohol and drug programmes.

Manawatu Standard