A woman in chronic pain claimed she grew cannabis to cope with her symptoms after being “thrown on the NHS scrap heap”.
Lisa Colling – who was too young for a hip replacement – had a cannabis farm in the back room of her home, to avoid the need to buy drugs from a dealer, Preston Crown Court was told.
She and another person were going to split the harvest 50-50.
But the Vicarage Lane address in Marton was raided by police and around £12,000 worth of cannabis seized.
Colling, 46, pleaded guilty to a charge of producing cannabis yesterday.
Police found 24 plants at the address..
In a padlocked back room they found a purpose built tent containing the plants that were growing under a heat lamp.
There was a total yield of just under a kilo of cannabis, with an estimated street value of £12,000.
She pleaded guilty to the offence on the basis that another person was involved who she didn’t want to name. The cannabis would have been split 50-50. She thought both shares would have been for personal use.
Colling had no previous convictions or cautions.
Daniel Harman, defending, said she would have used the cannabis for pain relief because of her serious hip problems.
He told the court “There is an onset of chronic osteoarthritis. She has effectively been thrown by the NHS onto a 15 year scrap heap over her serious hip problems.
“They said they couldn’t do anything more for her until she is about 60, that hips only last 10 years and the same regarding knees.
“It is quite remarkable that a man can be put on the moon, but new hips and knees cannot be made for someone of her age.
“She has never been in trouble in her life and found the thought of going to a dealer horrible.
“She ended up growing plants in her house which she was going to stockpile and use to alleviate pain on a daily basis.”
Mr Harman added that she was very tired of taking a cocktail of tablets which had affected the lining of her stomach. As a result, she had needed to take more tablets to alleviate the stomach trouble.
Judge Michael Byrne gave her nine months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and a hundred hours unpaid work.