Cannabis addict grew his own when prices increased after lockdown


A cannabis cultivator began growing his own when the prices for the pungent-smelling weed increased during lockdown.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard the cost for an ounce was £160 pre-lockdown but had increased to £200 afterwards.

Darren Kesteven was growing the drug to save some money.

But it led to police officers knocking on his door, in Farnborough Road, Clifton, with a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant.

A cannabis cultivation was found in his loft after officers arrived at 3pm on June 17 last year.

Plants were drying there. Police seized some sample plants to assess forensically.

The haul included a jar containing fragments of cannabis and a takeaway box with further cannabis and a grinder inside.

Emma Wakefield, prosecuting, on Tuesday (June 1) said the total amount of cannabis was 33.78 grams.

“In interview the defendant stated the cannabis was for his own use and there were only ten plants”.

Each plant had been split into two for drying.

“The defendant confirmed he knew it was illegal to cultivate cannabis and told officers he was addictied to it,” added Miss Wakefield.

Father-of-two Kesteven, 53, a self-employed floor layer, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis at his address and being concerned in the production of a quantity of cannabis.

The court heard he started smoking cannabis to help him get to sleep which progressed to fairly heavy usage at one point. He is now completely clean of the drug.

Magistrates adjourned his case to June 11 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and granted unconditional bail.



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