Neil Daniel smoked so much cannabis that he decided the best way to save himself money was to grow it himself. But having set up a mini-farm in a tent at his Herne Bay home, the 33-year-old was raided by police. Magistrates in Canterbury heard that there were six young plants growing inside the tent, plus some cannabis leaves in a plastic box nearby. Daniel, of Mickleburgh Hill, admitted production of cannabis. Prosecutor Neil Sweeney told the court that police executed a drugs warrant at Daniel’s house on April 17 and found him at home with his three-year-old son.
“Six young plants were found growing and there were some dried cannabis leaves in a Tupperware box,” Mr Sweeney said. “Daniel said he smoked a lot and spent too much money buying it so he decided to grow it and that this was the second batch he had grown. He said everything he grew he would smoke himself and never sold it on.”
Mr Sweeney added that Daniel, who has two previous convictions for similar matters, has smoked cannabis since he was 13. Emma Wright, defending, said Daniel’s previous convictions were 15 years old.
“This was his own operation,” she said. “And he took police directly to the room the plants were in when they entered. Since his arrest, he has weaned himself off the drug. He has also found himself a new job working on the railways, where he will be subjected to drug and alcohol tests.”
Daniel was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work. He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.
Herne Bay Gazette, June 5th 2014