Green fingered drug grower sent to crown

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SENTENCING will be at crown court for a man who claimed to be growing 35 cannabis plants for medical reasons.

Stephen Green, 59, of Mallard Court, Grantham, admitted growing the plants and illegally using £903.58 of electricity.

Police were tipped off about the cannabis growing in Green’s house on September 27. They were also told he was selling it.

When they raided the house they found 13 plants growing in a foil lined bedroom and more in the loft.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the potential yield of the crop was 2.84kg, which is valued at around £10,000.

But Bill Fraser, defending, said the plants were young and the potential yield would have been closer to 1.74kg.

He said: “Assumptions have been made by the Crown that all the plants would grow to maturity.”

It was decided that a Newton hearing was needed at crown court to allow a judge to decide on the amounts.

Mr Fraser added: “He needed to take some cannabis for pain relief so he decided to grow his own.”

Green researched online about the best way to grow the drug.

Mr Fraser added: “Just because he’s done it in a competent way doesn’t mean it was a commercial production.”

Green was sent to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing. There will also be a confiscation hearing.