Cannabis helped woman pay rent

A WOMAN trafficked cannabis to help pay her rent and put food on the table, a court has heard.

Natasha Morrison, 30, pleaded guilty to charges including trafficking and possessing cannabis and driving unlicensed when she faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Al Heintze told the court Morrison was driving in Mildura in May when she was pulled over by police and initially gave fake details. Her car was searched and police found 10 grams of cannabis in her backpack, a silver set of scales and a number of needles.

Police searched her phone and found messages about her trafficking cannabis to others. Morrison made full admissions to cultivating a plant and trafficking, saying she grew the plant from December to April.

“I needed some money fast,” she told police.

While on bail in June, police executed a warrant at her house, finding eight grams of cannabis. Defence counsel Gavan Tellefson said Morrison was shocked when told prison was a possible outcome for her charges.

“It hadn’t crossed her mind she might lose her liberty because of it,” he said.

Mr Tellefson said police went to Centrelink to sort out her payments after discovering she trafficked to meet basic needs. 

He said she had used cannabis since she was 13 but was working hard to quit. 

Magistrate Andrew McKenna said a community corrections order was within range considering it was her first drug offence.

He placed her on a nine-month community corrections order, subject to supervision and treatment. 

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