Whangarei Daktory founder, Brian Borland, is facing various cannabis charges and has chosen to have his case heard by a jury.
Brian Thomas Borland, 60, engineer, entered not guilty pleas and instructed the court he would represent himself at a jury trial. He was supposed to appear via a video link at the Whangarei District Court on Monday but due to a technical hitch was unable to. But he managed to pass on instructions through a lawyer to Judge Greg Davis.
Borland will remain in custody and will reappear on January 31. He is charged with various cannabis related charges including the sale of cannabis oil at the Whangarei Daktory Social Club, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail. He also faces charges of allowing premises to be used for growing cannabis, and selling cannabis at the Whangarei Daktory.