Throw another bong in the barbie

INSTEAD of buying a comfy mattress to send him off to dreamland, Jake McDermid dropped by a hardware store to buy a few bits and pieces to help him grow marijuana indoors.

An Ipswich court has heard he set up a hydroponic system with the intention to smoke his home-grown dope to help ensure a good night's sleep.

When police got a whiff of the smoke they dropped by his home at Karalee.

A bong was found in the barbecue, in addition to a small hydroponic system with a grow tent. A handful of marijuana plants were found inside the residence.

The drug set-up included a grinder, fans, transformer, water-piping, light bulbs, exhaust tube and liquid fertiliser.

Going before Ipswich Magistrates Court, Jake Richard McDermid, 27, pleaded guilty to five drug-related offences: producing dangerous drugs at Karalee on June 10; possession of dangerous drugs; possession of drug utensils; and two counts of possessing anything used in a drug crime.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris O'Neill said McDermid had four plants that were 80cm in height.

"He says he had trouble sleeping and looked up on the internet how to grow cannabis," Sgt O'Neill said.

"He ordered cannabis seeds on an online store.

"He purchased a hydroponic set-up from Bunnings and added liquid nutrients and fertiliser."

Magistrate Donna MacCallum asked McDermid if he needed assistance for any perceived drug issue.

"No. I've stopped doing it," he said.

Ms MacCallum said McDermid had been co-operative with police.

McDermid was convicted and fined $1500.