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Jim Finnel

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A self-employed tiler spent £1,000 on a sophisticated growing system to ensure himself a good supply of cannabis.

He even bought gardening books to learn how to cultivate cannabis plants, a court heard.

But despite using specialist lighting, heating and ventilation, more than half the cannabis plants were dead or dying when police searched his home in Holly Drive, Doddington.

James Green, 23, admitted cultivating 12 cannabis plants and possessing herbal cannabis when he appeared before Fenland magistrates on Tuesday.

He was given a three month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months. He will be supervised by the probation service, and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work. The court confiscated the plants, growing equipment and books.

Green first came to police attention when he was stopped for driving an overloaded vehicle on November 20, said prosecutor Andrew Williams. He was physically shaking, and in possession of herbal cannabis he had bought that day.

At his home, officers discovered a false wall had been built in the refurbished loft area, and 12 plants were being grown. The total value of cannabis seized from Green was worth £1,832.

Roy James, mitigating, said Green had been smoking cannabis since the age of 16. It was difficult to buy, so he decided to grow it, purely for his own use. The plants discovered at his home were his first attempt at cultivation. Green had spent £900 on the growing system, but eight of the plants were dead or dying.

Green had bought cannabis that day, because his plants were not ready for harvesting. He had since given up using the drug.



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