Jail for Grantham man who grew cannabis to relieve his chronic back pain

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A Grantham man who grew 28 cannabis plants in his home has been jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Richard Chamberlain was arrested after police raided his home in September 2014 and found 28 plants growing in the cellar of the property in Harrowby Road.

Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said the electricity supply had been bypassed and a safe was found inside a bedroom.

Chamberlain later told police he used cannabis to relieve chronic back pain and said he was growing his own supplies.

Chamberlain, 41, of Harrowby Road, Grantham, admitted charges of producing cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and illegally abstracting electricity in September 2014.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, told the court: “This defendant has chronic back pain. He was prescribed Co-codamol but he found the best relief was from cannabis.

“He grew the cannabis for his own purposes. If there was any left over he would sell it to his friends and close associates.

“He says he has had this back pain for many years. He suffers from chronic pain such that he could not sleep. That’s why he takes cannabis. His principal motivation is an important factor. It was to provide pain relief for himself. He was not growing it to make money.”

Mr Cranmer-Brown said that Chamberlain has since stopped smoking cannabis and has sought help from the drug treatment agency Addaction.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told Chamberlain: “In these circumstances it seems to me that only an immediate custodial sentence will do.”