R v Bartlett [2017] NZDC 25487

Published 10 August 2018

Cultivation of cannabis — sentencing — R v Terewi [1999] 3 NZLR 62 (CA). The defendant was sentenced for the cultivation of over 1,000 cannabis plants across 13 plots. The estimated value of the yield of the plants was between $800,000 and $1.2 million. With reference to a number of cases, the court noted that there was a wide range of sentences imposed for high end cultivation. The court took a starting point of five years' imprisonment, a modest discount was applied to recognise the defendant's personal circumstances. There were no aggravating factors and no discount could be applied for guilty plea as the defendant had been found guilty at trial. The defendant was accordingly sentenced to four years and six months' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 10 November 2017.