Medicinal cannabis advocate Jenny Hallam speaks to the media outdoors court in 2018. (ABC News: Rebecca Opie)
The lawyer for South Australian cannabis oil distributor Jenny Hallam has urged a court not to convict or jail her for drug offences since she requirements to travel overseas as component of her new job.
- Jenny Hallam pleaded guilty to possessing and manufacturing a controlled drug
- Her lawyer told an Adelaide court she desires to take up a job at a cannabis farm
- A prosecutor stated it was unclear if her merchandise had ended up in the hands of recreational customers
Adelaide’s District Court was now told Hallam, 47, is organizing to take up employment at a privately-owned cannabis farm in northern New South Wales, identified as the Australian Cannabis University.
She will be sentenced in November for the possession and manufacture of a controlled drug just after providing medicinal cannabis oil to individuals living with a terminal illness throughout a two-year period.
Hallam pleaded guilty to the charges in February.
He stated recipients had observed improvements in their overall health.
“There’s been a demonstrable improvement in their lives,” he stated.
“The harm is challenging to function out.
“We take the point that a regulatory regime for something that is ingested is essential … but there’s no victims.”
He urged the court not to impose a conviction or prison sentence, but location his client on a excellent-behaviour bond so she could travel to the United States as component of her new job.
Hallam ‘not qualified’ to make merchandise, prosecutor says
The court was told Hallam had been generating the oil at a loss and was not commercially motivated.
Ms Hallam with supporters outdoors the Adelaide Magistrates Court in 2017. (ABC News: Candice Prosser)
He stated individuals who “claimed to be sick” would make contact with Hallam by way of Facebook and other social media accounts.
He stated it was unclear.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions accepts that the defendant was not generating any profit … but the reality remains, she was not certified to make the merchandise,” he stated.
He stated laws changed in 2016 to enable healthcare practitioners to decide if a patient was appropriate to get medicinal cannabis.
Prior to today’s hearing, Hallam took to social media to insist she was “not a criminal”.