You’ve got to admire the pluck of the Aussies when it comes to standing up for something they believe in. It’s no secret that cannabis is pretty popular down under, despite the fact that possession and cultivation of cannabis in many Australian territories is still fundamentally illegal.
Which is precisely why when police officers were called to a home in the Northern Territory just last week, they absolutely could not believe why they had been summoned. According to the officers attending the scene, they were greeted by an “indignant and enraged” chap who had apparently just been in a pretty heated exchange of words with his dad.
In most instances, family punishments tend to be selected from a series of tried and tested classics. In the case of the father figure at the Humpty Doo residence…yes, that’s the actual name…he clearly thought it was a better idea to hit his son where it really hurt – right in the stash!
Unthinkably, he took his son’s entire home cannabis plantation and torched it.
“As retribution his father burnt the son’s prized cannabis plants in a bonfire on the property,” said Duty Supt Louise Jorgensen.
“The son felt this was wrong and reported the matter to police.”
Unsurprisingly, this left the law enforcement officers at the scene with more questions than answers. First of all, did the young cannabis cultivator have any idea whatsoever that growing and possessing cannabis were both completely against the law? Secondly, given the fact that this stash had now been completely incinerated, would it still be possible to bring any charges against him? And thirdly, did his call in the first place represent an admission of guilt that formed grounds for prosecution?
Above all this however, they were completely gobsmacked by the way in which the guy was well and truly convinced that what his dad did represented a much more serious crime against humanity than his own flouting of local law.
“He seemed to believe that the destruction of the same was far worse than the possession in the first instance,” said Jorgensen.
In the Northern Territory of Australia, Police now have the power to issue fines on the spot to those found to be in possession of or using cannabis. However, cultivation and distribution of cannabis remain far more serious criminal offences.
In this instance however, the decision was made not to bring any charges against the man in question, given the fact that any and all evidence that would have been required to prosecute him had been destroyed before the police arrived.
“The evidence has been destroyed. Along with his reputation,” Jorgensen quipped.
Having clearly decided that his father had well and truly crossed the line, the family has since confirmed that the young man made the decision to move in with a different set of relatives instead.
Lesson learned – don’t p**s off your dad if he’s not quite into cannabis like you are!
Still, quite a few folks across Australia may be pleased to learn that while pot remains illegal, cooking with low-THC cannabis seeds looks set to be legalised across the country soon enough. An official decision is set to be made by the end of the year, which could technically see cannabis becoming an ingredient in all manner of foods and drinks up and down Australia.
It’s said that there are already plans among some of the country’s biggest food providers to begin adding the legal cannabis seed to everything from breakfast cereals to pesto. The scheme was apparently held back by concerns regarding exactly how consuming such seeds might affect drug testing – concerns that have apparently been put to bed.