A man found with two large cannabis plants and more than 100 cannabis seedlings told police they were solely for his personal medicinal use and a key ingredient in his daily smoothies.
But his claims were rubbished in court, with the prosecution saying the "rather large quantity" was too much for one person.
Shannan Rick Carlos Almao was arrested and charged with cannabis cultivation after police discovered three grow rooms at his home in Stratford, Taranaki.
On the morning of November 4, police knocked at the door of the 37-year-old's house,but when nobody answered the officers went around the back.
There they were met with two cannabis plants, about 70 centimetres in height, drying on the ground next to the garage.
The discovery sparked the Search and Surveillance Act, leading police to make a bumper haul of weed crops at the address.
Sitting on top of a freezer inside Almao's garage were 109 cannabis seedlings approximately 5 to 15cm in height, all of which were in a healthy state.
Next to the freezer were two seven-foot grow tents, with one containing a large bushy cannabis plant around 80cm in height.
Police described it as very healthy and having been well looked after.
Inside the second tent were nine healthy cannabis plants, about 40cm in height, and two cannabis seedlings approximately 10 centimetres, also in a healthy state.
Equipment to grow cannabis and a variety of liquid fertilisers were found in a third grow tent and on a shelf next to the tent.
The cannabis and all equipment was seized and secured and taken back to the Stratford Police Station.
Police caught up with Almao later in the day and following his arrest he told them he grew the cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Admitting the single charge in Hāwera District Court on Tuesday, Almao reiterated from the dock that the cannabis was solely used by him to help with pain and anxiety.
"He uses the leaves in his smoothies," defence lawyer Nathan Bourke added, before acknowledging that, while it was "a lot" of cannabis, his client was not supplying others with the drug.
But police prosecutor Stephen Hickey wasn't buying it.
There was far too much there for one person, he said.
"It was a lot of cannabis," Judge Chris Sygrove agreed.
Judge Sygrove acknowledged a lot of the plants were not fully grown but said there was an inference that if they were they may have been sold.
He remanded Almao to return to court for sentencing on March 4 and advised he bring with him any information from his doctor to support his claims.
A destruction order has been sought by police for the cannabis and all grow equipment.