A RAID at the home of an Annesley Woodhouse man uncovered the growing of types of cannabis labelled ‘Super Strong’ and ‘Pineapple Express’, a court has heard.
The discovery was made at the three-bedroomed, semi-detached house of John Reid on Acacia Avenue.
Nottingham Crown Court was told that the 33-year-old had been smoking cannabis since the age of 13 and that the plants he was cultivating were for his own use.
Reid’s drug-use had become a severe problem, the court heard. He pleaded guilty to producing cannabis between Sunday June 20 and Thursday December 7 last year.
Prosecution evidence revealed that empty plant-pots were found, along with several ‘drying baskets’ containing more than 340 grammes of the drug.
Robbie Singh (prosecuting) said Reid was “a heavy smoker”.
In Reid’s defence, the court was told he had been experimenting with different kinds of cannabis. But since his arrest, he had found help for his problem.
Reid was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 160 hours of community service.
He will also be subject to a curfew between 9 pm and 7 am for four months.
In arriving at the punishment, Judge Jonathan Teare took into consideration Reid’s early guilty plea and the fact that he had no previous convictions for drugs offences.
After passing sentence, Judge Teare told Reid: “You have been a cannabis addict. I am told you are giving it up. Well, I wish you well with that.”