When he sentenced Stephen Parsley to a year in prison this week for possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, there was an issue provincial court Judge James Walsh refused to touch.
Parsley, 32, is licenced by Health Canada to grow cannabis for health reasons. Once he was convicted – after having been caught with 48 pounds of marijuana – the Crown asked Walsh to consider revoking Parsley’s licence.
“That’s an issue for Health Canada,” the judge said.
Parsley was charged after police executed a search warrant in May 2014 on a St. John’s home where they believed he was living, as well as on two backyard sheds. They found drugs in plastic bags and duffel bags in one shed, including cocaine and ecstasy on the seat of a side-by-side utility terrain vehicle. Parsley’s fingerprints were recovered from two vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, with a total weight of 47.8 pounds.