Magistrates expressed their hope that a 29-year-old regular cannabis user will be able to ‘kick the habit’, after he was caught by police smoking the drug in a parked car.
Steven Morris Foster, of Wyndham Close, Grantham, pleaded guilty to possession of 9.48 grammes of herbal cannabis at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
On March 12, police officers were on patrol in Newgate Lane when their attention was drawn to a parked car, said prosecutor Jim Clare.
Inside were two men, including Foster in the driver’s seat, and on winding down the window the officers could immediately smell cannabis.
Foster handed the officers a cannabis joint and a box containing the drug. He has previously been convicted for possession of cannabis, added Mr Clare.
Representing himself in court, Foster said: “I have been using cannabis for quite a long time. It is something I have been struggling to stop using.
“But it is something I am looking to stop, and I do apologise for what happened.”
Foster also stressed that the box given to police contained a mixture of both cannabis and tobacco, and therefore was not a full 9.48 grammes of the class B drug.
Handing down a £235 fine, chairman of magistrates Richard Tollemache said to Foster: “I hope this helps you to kick the habit. It is an expensive one.”
Foster must also pay £85 in costs and a £24 victim surcharge, while a forfeiture and destruction order against the drugs and seized items was issued.