A CANNABIS user, whose life got out of control, was caught with 36 small bags of the drug to sell, a court heard.
A judge pointed out to Lee Higham that not long before he was caught with the category B drug, he had been given a conditional discharge for possessing the same substance.
“That was a warning shot across your bows but only a short time later you were found in possession of this amount to supply,” said Recorder Guy Mathieson.
But he said that he believed being caught was the best thing to have happened to Higham.
“It has forced you to take stock and deal with your cannabis habit,” he said.
He placed him under supervision for 12 months, ordered him to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and attend a drugs rehabilitation course for three months.
Higham, of Lancaster Road, Hindley, had pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Leanne Birkett, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that on December 15 last year police officers spoke to Higham and noticed he smelt strongly of cannabis.
He denied having any on him, “but they searched him and found he was in possession of 36 snap bags containing vegetable matter concealed down the left leg of his jogging bottoms.”
He was arrested and when his home was searched the police found two bags of cocaine and a dealer’s tick list.
The cannabis had a street value of £370 and his phone was found to have text messages relating to drug dealing, she added.
Martyn Walsh, defending, said that Higham suffers from diabetes and depression and his life had got out of control.
His cannabis use had escalated and he could not cope.