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Irrelevant if weed growers 'good': Crown

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Jacqueline Le

It doesn't matter if two cannabis growers are good people at heart who wanted to help cancer patients in pain, because what they did was illegal, Victorian prosecutors say.

Elizabeth Pallett and her husband Matthew have pleaded not guilty to cultivating a narcotic plant after police seized 15.5 kilograms of cannabis from their Melbourne home in 2015.

"This is not a test case about medical marijuana or cannabis, or whether the accused are good, well-motivated people at heart," prosecutor Andrew Moore told the Victorian County Court on Thursday.

"The crown allegation is that Mr and Mrs Pallett cultivated a narcotic plant."

Police searched the couple's Carrum Downs home on November 20 last year and found dried cannabis, plants in the backyard and greenhouse, and tinctures and food items that contained cannabis.

"Both told police they were engaged in the production of what they term 'medicinal cannabis'," Mr Moore said.

"They effectively told police they were growing cannabis in their backyard, in their vegie patch, to help sick people."

When the pair were interviewed by police, each admitted using cannabis to treat sick people.

"She told them that the drugs which had been seized by police ... were about to be made into cannabis products to treat people such as cancer patients, and people in great pain," Mr Moore said.

The couple told police "the law is wrong", and Matthew Pallett said the couple operated a "civilian medical clinic".

"But herein lies the difficulty - neither accused was licensed to grow that cannabis," Mr Moore said.

"Mrs Pallett said she and her husband were activists who were negotiating with the government to get licences."

Her husband also told police he didn't need a licence to grow medical cannabis.

"He said 'God gave me a licence, and he's the only one that can'," Mr Moore said.

The Palletts, who are representing themselves, did not provide a defence reply to Mr Moore's opening statement.

The trial is scheduled to resume on Friday.

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