Storyteller can’t sway the court

A NOVELIST caught with a jar of cannabis in his car unsuccessfully argued that he needed the drug to manage a medical condition in the Albury Local Court yesterday.

Jan Juc man Kal Pittaway was pulled over by police in Narrandera in September last year.

The smell of cannabis tipped off officers to the drugs in the vehicle and Mr Pittaway later produced a jar stuffed with 36.5 grams of cannabis leaf.

The 29-year-old yesterday presented a document to Albury magistrate Megan Greenwood arguing he used the drug to manage pain caused by arthritis.

But Ms Greenwood swiftly rejected his excuses.

“It’s against the law, it’s as simple as that. It’s against the law,” she said.

The children’s book author is unemployed but says he’s working on his second novel.

He said the drugs he had been given by his doctors to manage his pain only made him feel sick.

Charged with possessing a prohibited drug, Mr Pittaway received a 12-month good behaviour bond.

Ms Greenwood said she believed he was at a high risk of re-offending.