Police found the smallest cannabis factory possible – consisting of one growing cannabis plant – when they raided a man’s home following a tip-off.
Kevin Forster, who had been suffering from severe pain and subsequently found out he had cancer, had grown the drug to relieve his agony.
Forster, 45, of Orme Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Elliott Taylforth, prosecuting, said following information they received, police went to Forster’s home on June 6.
They found a large black tent, which was heated and ventilated, in a bedroom. There was one cannabis plant, which was three-quarters-of-a-metre high, growing inside.
Brett Chappell, defending, said: “Mr Forster was suffering massive pain in his stomach region, but he was too scared to go to a doctor.
“The only thing that would treat the pain was cannabis, so he was growing the one plant for his own use.”
Forster had now seen a doctor and been diagnosed with cancer. He had had radiotherapy and was receiving morphine and other prescribed medication for the pain.