Man grew cannabis plants in Bourne to help with health problems

Grantham Magistrates' Court
Grantham Magistrates' Court
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A Bourne man grew 19 cannabis plants in his loft so he could take the drug to help him with mental health problems.

Adam Luke Towers, 34, of Burghley Court, Bourne, admitted producing the plants at his home last year and possessing 17.3 grammes of cannabis on October 16. He also admitted breaching a conditional discharge imposed in January last year for a public order offence.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told Grantham magistrates yesterday (Monday, February 15) that police were called to Towers’ home after they received reports of the smell of cannabis nearby. When officers went into the house they found cannabis drying out in the bedroom and 19 cannabis plants - nine juvenile and 10 mature - growing in the loft.

Miss Ross said the police also found cannbis bush, a grinder and other equipment used for the cultivation of the drug including a tent.

In a police interview, Towers admitted growing the cannabis for his own use. He said it would have been too expensive to buy it on the street. Miss Ross said police had checked his mobile phone and there was no evidence he was dealing in the drug.

Defending, Simon Cobb told the court that Towers had grown the cannabis to self medicate for a mental health issue he had had for some time. Mr Cobb said Towers had received medication for his condition, but he felt it was not addressing the problem, so he decided to treat himself.

Mr Cobb said Towers was attending Addaction and it was progressing well. He had gone back to his GP and was back on medication. He was no longer using cannabis to alleviate the problem.

The magistrates imposed a community order for 12 months to include a rehabilitation activity over 25 days and a three-month curfew between 8pm and 7am. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.