Grow-op sting, lengthy court case ends with whopping $10 fine
NEWMARKET — A huge undercover police sting that saw a medical pot-grower dragged through the courts for two years ended with a grand slam in court Thursday — a $10 fine.
“This is ludicrous,” an exasperated Clifford Dawson said outside court. “This cost the taxpayers millions and two years of my life. All for $10? Does this make any sense?”
Dawson, 34, of Innisfil, who walks with a cane and suffers from scoliosis, pleaded guilty to production of marijuana.
“I am satisfied with the joint submission by both counsel for a $10 fine,” said Judge Mary Vallee, who also took into consideration the length of time Dawson has been on bail since his arrest on Dec. 18, 2013.
Dawson had a licence to produce marijuana, which he used to make a topical ointment for pain, but he was only allowed to grow 50 plants at a time and was busted with 150 plants.
He explained the growing cycle has three stages from seedling to plant to flower, and he had about 50 plants in each ba