Suspended Sentence for Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

B’s parents travelled overseas on an extended trip. B was a heavy cannabis smoker and he decided to set up a hydroponic system to grow cannabis while his parents were away. The system was powered by an illegal electricity bypass.

B was charged with Cultivation of a Commercial Quantity of Cannabis and Theft. Josh Taaffe represented him at the Melbourne County Court.

The results of this case were as follows:

Count 1 – Cultivation of a commercial quantity of cannabis – 18 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of 3 years.

Count 2 – Theft of electricity – 12 month community based order with core conditions and 150 hours of community work.


Josh TaaffeJosh Taaffe

Josh has extensive experience in indictable crime including sex offences, assaults & drug matters.

As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

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