Rotherham cannabis grower used drug for pain relief

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A Rotherham man who grew his own cannabis for pain relief has walked free from court.

Kenneth Stevenson, aged 62, hobbled into the dock at Sheffield Crown Court on crutches and admitted growing two cannabis plants.

He was jailed for 180 days last June for producing cannabis and within days of his release was found with the new plants.

David Baines, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant on September 30 at Stevenson’s home in First Avenue, East Dene, Rotherham.

A cannabis growing set-up was discovered hidden behind a door in an outbuilding.

Two cannabis plants were growing in one room and 14 empty plant pots were found in another with high-intensity lighting, ventilation and timing equipment.

Ian Goldsack, defending, said Stevenson had been using cannabis as a form of pain relief for various medical problems but now had more potent pain killers.

Recorder Ray Singh gave him a conditional discharge and said: “You can’t give this as an excuse again if you are arrested.”