8:41 pm - 03/17/2014

Teens raid James Cameron's hemp crop

Three teens jumped a fence into Hollywood mogul James Cameron's Wairarapa hemp plantation, took "selfies" and stole some of the crop - unaware of the crop's famous owner, and that smoking hemp does not produce a high.

Manaea Wilkie, 17, and Mario Bartolic, 18, both of Featherston, and Kaleb Hunt, 18, posed with the hemp plants, taking photos of themselves, police said.

Wilkie took some hemp "heads" to smoke at home to see if they had the same effect as marijuana.

They were arrested as they drove back to Featherston, on March 9.

Wilkie and Bartolic were each convicted and discharged when they pleaded guilty in Masterton District Court yesterday to trespass charges, after lawyer James Elliot said they were two "misguided" young men with "too much time on their hands".

They had since found jobs, he told Judge Peter Butler. Hunt will appear in Rotorua District Court on Thursday.

Speaking outside court, Wilkie and Bartolic said they did not know who owned the plantation, south of Featherston.

Cameron's New Zealand company T Base 2 has a licence from the Ministry of Health to grow industrial hemp, which looks like other, psychoactive forms of the cannabis plant.

It can be grown legally only if it has an extremely low level of THC, the active ingredient of marijuana.

One-year licences can be revoked and the crop destroyed if tests show it has a THC content of more than 0.35 per cent, whereas marijuana has up to 22 per cent.

Police said they were aware of the plantation, as was required under Ministry of Health regulations.

Representatives for Cameron could not be reached yesterday afternoon and his south Wairarapa farm managers declined to comment.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health said there were 35 operators licensed to grow hemp for industrial or research and breeding purposes. There was only one active, licensed hemp operation in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions.

According to the Soil and Health Association, hemp uses include cooking oil, fibre and a building material.

As well as the trespass charges, Wilkie and Bartolic also faced charges of disorderly behaviour and Bartolic of threatening to injure a female Featherston police officer.

Hunt will also face a charge of unlawfully possessing a semi-automatic shotgun the day after the trespass.

On a separate occasion they were stopped by police and became abusive, police prosecutor Jodie Lawrence said in court, with Bartolic telling the female police officer she would "get what was coming to her" for "harassing" him and his friends.

He later told police his actions were motivated by wanting to earn his Black Power patch.

Wilkie told police he behaved as "a sheep" in following his best friend into aggressive behaviour.

They were initially bailed on condition they did not associate with each other. But they were found together in Featherston on Saturday and spent the rest of the weekend in custody.


between this, a train running a cow over and a cyclone, new zealand is having quite a week
robotpotatoes 17th-Mar-2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
omfg, that picture of him.
vanishingbee fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
limberwolf Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
weed tbh
vanishingbee Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
hemp doesn't have enough thc to get you high so weed isn't a hemp product tbh
vervain Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
i use the body shop tea tree products. never tried the hemp
beatlesluv Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
I have been meaning to try that, the hand oil, hand wash, foot protector, and the lip protector. I want all of it tbh! :D
homicidalslayer Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
calinewarkwc69 Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
YUP! I got the whole set for Christmas! Love it.
itscomicrelief Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
That got in my eye once. I wanted to die
my_moloko Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Davids Tea tea bags.
mhfromnh Re: fav hemp product?17th-Mar-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
theactualworst 17th-Mar-2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
I do not understand these morons who take selfies while committing a crime.

Edited at 2014-03-17 08:59 pm (UTC)
vervain 17th-Mar-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
people do it at funerals now too.
bordellos 17th-Mar-2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
at first i said, "no fucking way!" ... and then i googled it.

terresinconnues 17th-Mar-2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
yeah it says "He later told police his actions were motivated by wanting to earn his Black Power patch." so idk maybe he needed proof? but i can't see how raiding a hemp plantation would get you a patch
beatlesluv 17th-Mar-2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
homicidalslayer 17th-Mar-2014 09:04 pm (UTC)

In what is sure to go down as one of the dumbest moves ever by a criminal, a 17-year-old Pittsburgh teenager and his friends were arrested after he posted photos on Facebook of a robbery he committed.
calinewarkwc69 17th-Mar-2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Right up there with people who take selfies while driving imo.
wineva 17th-Mar-2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
My high school got a new football field (turf and all that fancy jazz) back when I was a senior and a group of really stupid younger students taped themselves spray painting a penis on it- they of course got caught and it was only helped by the taped evidence.
yurasama_love 17th-Mar-2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
idgaf, the police must love it
nalaa1906 17th-Mar-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
Manaea Wilkie, 17, and Mario Bartolic, 18, both of Featherston, and Kaleb Hunt, 18, posed with the hemp plants, taking photos of themselves, police said.

beatlesluv 17th-Mar-2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
custard_kisses 17th-Mar-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
The detective in charge at Featherston police station is pretty damn hot actually, I wouldn't complain about being locked in a cell there over night.
terresinconnues 17th-Mar-2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
do u have pics
custard_kisses 17th-Mar-2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
No but I do have his signature. Don't ask.
beatlesluv 17th-Mar-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
annadraper 19th-Mar-2014 03:30 am (UTC)
ffs get a photo!
weatherstaff 17th-Mar-2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Should have taken everything from him including his money, tbh.
cryapologies 17th-Mar-2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
I love hemp seeds! that is all I have to contribute
fudgepacking 17th-Mar-2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
I had hemp milk one time. It was really gross.
storms 17th-Mar-2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
between this, a train running a cow over and a cyclone, new zealand is having quite a week

Not laughing at a cow being killed but the way you put this made me laugh op

saintvlas22 17th-Mar-2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I lol'd at the imagery - it's very Looney Tunes.
storms 17th-Mar-2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
It is, and only in NZ could such things constitute news. :)
terresinconnues 17th-Mar-2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
the article is even better

Commuters travelling on the Wairarapa-Wellington line are being warned to make alternative arrangements.
The train, which was heading north, hit the cow just south of Masterton. One of the train's wagons fell off the track. The driver was unharmed in the incident, but the cow wasn't so lucky.

calinewarkwc69 17th-Mar-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Isn't Lorde from NZ too? Like damn, they're busting out all their shit for us.
pacificway 17th-Mar-2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
I only eat hemp hearts and want to try hemp milk.
sundried 17th-Mar-2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
don't forget about chris pine
terresinconnues 17th-Mar-2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
2014 new zealand's time 2 shine
anna_karenina_x 17th-Mar-2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Cameron sells any of his hemp to our girl Shailene. She could probably make tampons out of it or something
fudgepacking 17th-Mar-2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
A hemp IUD! Go big or go home!
wowthatisminty 18th-Mar-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
Anyone remember that ep of the office where Kevin McHale played the kid who was stealing Dwight's hemp?
prophecypro 18th-Mar-2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
lol dude had to have a had a epic get off my lawn moment
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