Illawarra ambo grew cannabis plants

An Illawarra ambulance officer who worked as part of an elite paramedic team has pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis plants.

Andrew William Kelman appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday, charged with cultivating and supplying cannabis at Balgownie, between noon and 1pm on December 11, last year. The 46-year-old admitted to cultivating four cannabis sativa plants but pleaded not guilty to one charge of supplying a prohibited drug, relating to 3.3 kilograms of cannabis.

The cannabis sativa plant is well known for its cerebral high and its use as daytime medical cannabis.

Last year, Kelman participated in the extended care paramedics (ECP) pilot program.

He was one of three specially trained ECPs working in the region. They deal with patients with low-risk conditions - such as back pain, wounds, chest infections and limb fractures - who can be managed safely outside hospital and referred to their GPs or other specialists.

There has been no indication of any link between Kelman's work as a paramedic and the cultivation and supply charges.

Kelman is due to reappear in court on May 20.

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