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Lawyer fined over cannabis charges

Published: 3:59PM Thursday March 01, 2001

Napier lawyer Philip Jensen has been fined $1,500 for cultivating and possessing cannabis.

However the Napier District Court jury found the 44-year-old not guilty of possessing cannabis for sale and supply.

Jensen's lawyer submitted that he is a cannabis addict, had pleaded guilty to cultivation and co-operated fully with police. He asked that Jensen be discharged without conviction.

But Judge David Saunders said Jensen took on certain responsibilities when he became a lawyer.

He said cultivating cannabis and possessing it for personal use are deliberate actions. Judge Saunders said Jensen's conviction may not be an occupational barrier, but that is something the Law Society must decide.