Sex shop fake weed racket: Job loss fears cited
A SEX shop employee worried she'd be jobless if she refused to sell a dangerous fake marijuana product.
Poor employment prospects were cited as a reason Zoe-Elizabeth Scott sold the tea-like product at Rockhampton's Love Heart shop.
Scott's sentencing on Friday followed several other prosecutions, including that of Love Heart bosses.
Brisbane District Court heard Scott was 26 when she worked at the store and the synthetic weed was sold.
Judge Nicole Kefford said Scott, now 30, knew the product caused "significant health difficulties" for users.
But the court heard Scott feared she'd lose her job if she didn't sell the synthetic drug.
And Judge Kefford said there were limited work opportunities in Rockhampton at the time.
Prosecutors said Scott and others joked about being "glorified drug dealers" but Scott was a minor player in the syndicate.
Love Heart also operated in Mackay, Bundaberg and Toowoomba.
Other former Love Heart employees have been sentenced in recent months for selling the product.
Scott was placed on a $1000 good behaviour bond and no conviction was recorded.
The court previously heard Love Heart workers were threatened after raising concerns about the fake marijuana's safety and legality.
In April, David Andre Jules Piccinato, 45, who owned the stores, was jailed for six years.
His former operations manager Ross McGlone, 38, was sentenced to five years' jail.
At that sentencing, Judge Brian Devereaux said two people died and 32 went to Mackay Hospital after smoking the product.
There was no suggestion McGlone or Piccinato knew people died from the synthetic weed. -NewsRegional