NZ: Jailed cannabis grower tells judge he wants to try his hand at lettuces once free

A cannabis grower whose illegal hydroponic business spanned multiple properties around Wellington has told a judge he wants to use his expertise to grow lettuces.

Mason Joseph Tobin, 28, had been charged after police raided several properties during Operation Hive in 2013.

He was one of the major players, helping to set up growing rooms in different houses, as well as providing equipment, plants and ongoing advice to others growing cannabis between March 2007 and July 2013.

On Friday Wellington District Court judge Bruce Davidson jailed Tobin for three and a half years.

Tobin had pleaded guilty to nine charges of cultivating and supplying cannabis and equipment.

The judge was shown pictures by Tobin's lawyer Mike Antunovic that he was looking to start a business growing lettuces using the skills he had picked up growing cannabis.

The judge said his plans underscored his expertise.

Three properties had been set up...

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