A BARMAH man who drove after smoking marijuana has lost his licence for six months.
Raymond Grant, 52, faced Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of drug driving.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Martin Friend said Grant tested positive after being intercepted while driving along Picola-Barmah Rd on February 16.
Grant told officers he smoked a joint in the morning to treat persistent back pain and he thought it would have worn off by the time he jumped behind the wheel.
Defence lawyer Kate Freshwater said Grant suffered from back, shoulder and knee pain after a long shearing career.
‘‘He has been prescribed pain medication but has found it ineffective,’’ she said.
Magistrate Patrick Southey convicted Grant and then, on top of the six-month licence disqualification fined him $300.
‘‘The maximum penalty for possessing cannabis isn’t that much, it’s about $600, but when you drive with it in your system it becomes more serious,’’ Mr Southey said.
‘‘It presents a danger to yourself and others on the road.’’