Grantham court: Cannabis grown in garden shed

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A 36-year-old man pleaded guilty to both possessing and producing cannabis at his former home in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir.

Carl Wilde, now of Higher Lime Road, Oldham, pleaded guilty to possessing 49.1 grams of the class B drug as well as to producing four small cannabis plants.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka told the court that on March 5 Wilde was stopped by police while driving in the Woolsthrope area and found to have three bags of ‘garden vegetable matter’ subsequently identified as cannabis.

Wilde told the officers that this was for his own personal use, but also that he had been prescribed it by his doctor which was of course incorrect said Mr Pietryka.

Police then conducted a search of Wilde’s home address and discovered in a garden shed a hyrdroponic foil set up and four small cannabis plants.

Wilde was then interviewed and admitted that he was a heavy cannabis smoker because of long term medical issues, and that he grew plants himself to save money.

Rob Arthur, defending, added that when officers stopped Wilde in his car they had noticed the smell of cannabis, which had led them to search his home address.

Apart from the discovery in the shed, they found no drugs or equipment inside the house except a cannabis bong in the kitchen.

Wilde’s phone was seized by police and no messages were found indicating that he supplied the drugs to anyone else.

In terms of his client’s medical problems, Mr Arthur said that Wilde used cannabis as pain relief due to suffering from a crumbling spine and having no cartilage in his knees, which was a hereditary condition.

Consequently Wilde is unable to work and receives a disability living allowance.

For the offence of possession, Wilde was given a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months, while he must also pay a fine of £110, prosecution costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge for the production of cannabis. Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.