A Lavington drug dealer has accepted cannabis is causing him "a lot of trouble" after facing court for selling sweets soaked in the drug.
Lachlan Barrow's ruse involved infusing gummy worm lollies with cannabis oil, a technique he learnt from the Internet, then selling his wares to friends.
But the 25-year-old's product was a failure, as his customers didn't feel any different on eating the lollies.
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"The reason it didn't work," defence lawyer Angus Lingham has told Albury Local Court magistrate Richard Funston, "is everyone said they couldn't tell there was anything in them."
When Barrow gave the lollies a try himself, police said, he reckoned he got a "relaxing effect".
Barrow has pleaded guilty to a charge of supply a prohibited drug, at greater than a small but less than an indictable quantity.
Mr Lingham, noting those "troubles" caused to Barrow by his illicit drug use, said what his client did fell at the "absolute lowest" level of the criminal scale.
He submitted that an appropriate penalty would be a community corrections order, to run in conjunction with another order imposed on August 9.
Mr Lingham said that sentence related to other offences committed at the same time as the drug supply matter.
The latter was only just before the court now, he said, because a charge was not laid until police received the results of a forensic analysis of the gummy worms.
The court was told how a uniformed Victorian officer told police on April 24 that he had seen a cannabis plant in the backyard of a Macauley Street, Albury, residence.
Fifteen minutes later, at 3.55pm, they went to the property and asked Barrow whether he had any cannabis plants and "anything else illegal".
He said no.
Barrow then allowed police to carry out a search, which uncovered two boxes in the lounge room with the label "Erill sour terps crawlers", a black market product known for falsely claiming to contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
He told police the packets inside were empty, so he filled these with gummy worms.
Barrow said his customers were prepared to buy the filled packets believing the lollies contained THC when this was not the case.
The police forensic analysis estimated the lollies would have contained 2.94 grams of THC.
Mr Funston placed Barrow on a six-month order.
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