A MAN who uses cannabis for pain relief decided to try and grow his own.
He put two plants in a cupboard, fitted an electric light and put some reflective paper around them.
But as they were just getting established police visited his home about another matter.
Officers saw the plants and he was arrested.
Terrence Mark Riorden, of Deva Avenue, The Strand, Holywell, had never tried it before and would not do it again, his solicitor Fiona Larkin explained at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday.
He admitted that on November 2 he cultivated two cannabis plants but in the circumstances was fined £75 with £125 costs. A destruction order on the plants was made.
He was told that cannabis should not be grown under any circumstances but it was not the most serious offence of its kind.
Miss Larkin said Riorden, 38, had been in a serious accident 11 years ago. He underwent a series of operations, one 27 hours long, and both legs were now ‘full of metal’.
Riorden used cannabis for pain relief, had decided to try and grow his own after he was given a cutting, and put it under a household bulb.
“It was not sophisticated,” she explained. “He has never done it before. He will never do it again because it has landed him in a lot of trouble.”
Riorden had admitted what he had done immediately.
He lived on his own and was on medication for depression.