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Police have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of $700,000 after a Nimbin man posted a video of his alleged crop on Facebook.

On Wednesday, police allege Peter Till posted a video showing more than 100 cannabis plants, with commentary speculating whether the crop would be stolen, raided by police, or whether he would get to consume it.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command then conducted a search of his home on Lodge Road at Mountain Top.

It is alleged police found about 150 cannabis plants and more than 350 cannabis seedlings.

Mr Till, 49, was arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

There he was charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis and refused bail.

At 3.45pm he appeared in Lismore Local Court where he represented himself in applying for bail.

As soon as Magistrate David Heilpern entered the court, Mr Till began expressing himself loudly from the dock.

‘Thanks for your torture, the torture was great,’ he said.

‘I’m being tortured, I’m being held against my will.’

Several times during his continual ‘ranting’, Mr Heilpern asked ‘Mr Till do you wish to apply for bail?’

‘I want to get out,’ Mr Till said.

‘I do not agree to the name; I’m flesh and blood and bone and to say that I’m a name is deceitful.’

‘I do not agree with any of these contracts.’

‘This court and your law is a religion.’

‘You cannot force someone else’s religion on me and the government is a religion.’

Then Mr Till claimed he had sent the court a letter from his doctor stating he would go blind without his ‘medicine’ (cannabis).

‘Is this magistrate and the prosecutor going to take full responsibility if I get locked up and go blind,’ Mr Till asked.

Mr Heilpern said as Mr Till did not ‘show cause’ as to why he should be granted bail, his matter would be adjourned until April 4 and bail was refused.

He is expected to appear via videolink on that occasion.


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