Teen drug user became dealer

Last updated 08:16 17/06/2014

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A Waimate woman who sold cannabis, including to three young people, has been sentenced to community detention and supervision.

Hannah Rose Everett, 31, was sentenced in the Timaru District Court yesterday on six charges; selling cannabis (two charges), possession of cannabis seed, possession of cannabis utensils, possession of cannabis, and cultivation of cannabis.

The offending occurred between October and December last year.

Judge Jane Farish sentenced her to community detention for six months and 12 months' supervision.

"At the time you were a committed addict using it to cope with difficult life events," Judge Farish said.

The court was told Everett had first been introduced to cannabis when she was 13, at her father's funeral, and continued to use it to cope with his loss.

One charge of selling cannabis related to sales to seven different people over the age of 18 and the second charge to selling to three people under 18.

"It is very serious offending, especially when you supplied to young people, because they are much more likely to become addicted. It has a significant effect on your brain because it is still developing and is far harder to beat if you started young."

Everett said she only supplied to friends who were short and was now completely drug-free. In total, four cannabis plants were found.

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- The Timaru Herald

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