A dad-of-one told a court that he has given up drugs after being caught growing nine cannabis plants at home.
They were found by police who called at Anthony Brooks’s house in Bestwood on July 15 last year, city magistrates heard.
A £120 fine was imposed on Brooks who pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug on Wyton Close. He must pay £85 prosecution costs and a £30 government surcharge.
Parminder Samrai, mitigating, told the court: “He has been a regular user of cannabis but by willpower and support from his GP, he has completely stopped using cannabis.
“That is excellent news in the circumstances.”
Mr Samrai said that Brooks, 40, had several previous offences but had stayed out of trouble for several years.
“Like the vast majority of individuals who come before the courts, most grow up and become mature and the offending cycle completely slows down,” he added.
Joanne Gough, prosecuting, said that police visited Brooks on “unrelated matters which were not taken further.” The nine plants were found in a bedroom.
“He said they were hemp and therefore they had to be tested. They were tested forensically and the results confirmed they are cannabis plants.
“He did admit he had been smoking cannabis and spends about £30 a week,” she said.
Nobody else had access to his home and Miss Gough added: “There is no evidence that this is anything other than for his personal use.
“It doesn’t have any hallmarks of a particular sophistication.” The magistrates ordered the destruction of the plants and growing equipment.
Presiding magistrate Helen Wreford, who sat with a colleague, told Brooks: “We are heartened to hear that you have managed to wean yourself off cannabis.
“That goes a long way towards what we are looking at in terms of sentencing you today.
“We are hoping you are trying to make a change,” she added.
The court bill totals £235 and will be deducted on a regular basis from his state benefits.
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