Dad pleads guilty to supplying cannabis oil to his 2-year-old daughter while she was battling potentially terminal cancer.
Courier Mail reports, the 32-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been sentenced to a two-year good behaviour bond after appearing in the Brisbane Supreme Court today.
Crown prosecutor Glenn Cash told the court the child was diagnosed with a tumour in her stomach and started receiving chemotherapy in December, 2014.
He said the child’s mother noticed the toddler’s food smelled strange the day before treatment was due to start, and confronted the father.
“(He) admitted he had been cooking food in cannabis oil,” Mr Cash said.
The man had the oil shipped from California after reading about the benefits on the internet and told the mother he gave it to the child four times a day.
The mother told doctors, who conducted tests which detected the drug in the child’s system. Police then became involved.
The man not only avoided jail, but Justice Peter Flanagan did not record a conviction as he said it would interfere with his ability to reapply for a Blue Card to work with children.
Justice Flanagan said the case was “both sad and unusual” but supplying the oil to his child was “wrong and illegal”.
“I view this case as very serious… There was a real risk the cannabis may have reacted with other medication,” he said.
Such a very sad situation. I truly believe he meant no harm. I think you reach for any answers when it comes to your children.
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