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Cannabis user grew it at home after supplies ran short in lockdown

A Southery man who found it difficult to source cannabis during the first lockdown turned to growing it.

John Paul Darby had bought seeds online, Lynn Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutor Denise Holland said police attended Mr Darby's property on another matter and he showed them a cannabis grow in one of the rear bedrooms.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)

"When they looked they saw 12 cannabis plants, which shows a fairly unsophisticated set-up," she added.

The court was told they were for his own personal use and the 50-year-old, of Mill Lane, had a previous conviction for production of cannabis.

Darby pleaded guilty to the latest offence of producing the controlled class B drug, on June 13.

Solicitor Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said the defendant told her he was a cannabis user and had grown the plants from some seeds bought via eBay after he ran short of the drug earlier this year.

She added: "He crushed his leg in a car accident some time ago and is in constant pain. He uses cannabis to help alleviate the pain."

Darby was fined £120 and was ordered to pay £50 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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