A judge has handed down a reduced sentence to a cannabis grower in the U.K. after sympathizing with his predicament.
20-year-old Joshua Hughes made a bosh job at his first attempt to grow cannabis indoors in order to maintain his 20-a-day joint habit.
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His defense lawyer pleaded his case by calling him “dim witted” for flooding his flat which led to his arrest. The judge agreed with the defense and called the defendant “incompetent” in maintaining a grow, and gave him a suspended sentence.
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The 20-year-old, from Stockton, bought a cannabis growing kit for £200 from a car boot sale and followed a YouTube video to set it up, Gazette Live reports.
Every day, Hughes would nurture his 40 plants, which he had set up with a watering, ventilation and lighting kit in his rented flat.
But a great botanist Hughes was not.
‘He had,’ in the rather brutal words of Hughes’s lawyer, Duncan McReddie, ‘neither the wit, expertise or dedication to maintain the growth. It was an inept attempt to cultivate for his own use.’
Hughes’s experiment with cannabis cultivation was discovered when his landlord went to investigate a water leak on 13 July last year.
Hughes told police that he had a 20-joints-a-day weed habit and was attempting to save some cash by growing his own.
Judge Simon Bourne-Acton QC, who gave Hughes a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years and 100 hours unpaid work, concluded: ‘This was an incompetent grow from start to finish.’
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