Late last year, when Anastasios Nomikos discovered Australian Capital Territory residents would soon be allowed to grow cannabis for personal use, he began planning his move up from Melbourne.
“I messaged a couple of my friends who were looking for housemates in Canberra and I said, ‘Hey guys, can I please move up?'” he told The Drum.
“It’s honestly 95 per cent of the reason I moved there.”
The ACT’s laws allow possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis per person, and a maximum of four plants per household.
Mr Nomikos had never grown the plant before, but what he lacked in experience he made up for in enthusiasm.
But one afternoon, shortly before he was due to harvest his plant for the first time, he came home from work to find his prized possession missing.