Man grew drug to avoid ‘dodgy’ people

Judge Christopher Cornwall
Judge Christopher Cornwall
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A cannabis user decided to grow his own supply because he was cash strapped and didn’t want to deal with “dodgy characters”, a court heard.

Police discovered Meirion Stanley was growing 15 plants at his home when they raided the address on Billington Street East in Wesham.

Preston Crown Court heard that he suffered from depression and was on medication.

Judge Christopher Cornwall warned him: “This whole pattern of depression, anti-
depressants, loss of interest in life generally could very well be a consequence of using cannabis. It does you no good, only harm”.

Stanley, 28, had pleaded guilty to a charge of production of cannabis.

He was given two years’ 
supervision and a 150 hours’ unpaid work.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said police executed a drugs warrant at the defendant’s home on March 13 last year.

A large growing tent was found in a rear bedroom. About 15 mature cannabis plants were inside,

They had been grown from cuttings and would have produced 600g of cannabis at 
maturity.

The drugs would have had a street value of around £3,400.

Stanley told officers he had been growing his own.

He spoke of finding a pack of seeds at he bottom of a bag of cannabis he was using.

He said he had decided to grow them himself because he was “skint” and would not have to deal with any “dodgy characters”.

He had previous offences on his record that included drug possession.

Paul Humphries, defending, said Stanley was assessed as a low risk of harm and a low risk of reoffending.

The defendant suffered from depression, was not working and was on medication.

He had reduced his cannabis intake.

Mr Humphries added: “This was a small operation. It was set up to save money.”

Judge Cornwall also told Stanley: “You have really got to get a grip on your life. It is time to reflect on what you have achieved in life thus far.”