Man had loft full of pot

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A WIGAN man who was spending £90 a day on his cannabis addiction decided to start growing his own supply, a court heard.

Police raided the house where Garrick Johnson was living in Mersey Road, Orrell, on May 10 and in the loft found a hydroponic system had been installed.

A total of 43 plants in various states of health were found and when Johnson was interviewed he said he had been growing the plants for his own use for about three months.

Miss Zillah Williams, defending, said that it was the first crop that Johnson had grown and there had been no assessment as to its value. At the time he was residing at his father’s home but has now moved into another property and is living with his partner, the court heard.

Miss Williams said: “For 15 years he has had a very heavy cannabis habit and was spending £90 a day on the drug. Having been unemployed for 18 months that sum of money was unaffordable.

“He made the pragmatic but stupid choice to start growing the plants having obtained the information on Youtube.”

He has a five-year-old son who sees each weekend and if he goes to jail it would impact on the child, added Miss Williams.

Johnson, 31, of Severn Drive, Norley Hall, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity.

The court heard that he has no previous convictions for drug offences.

Judge Stephen Clarke sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 120 hours unpaid work.

He also warned him that he was giving him a chance and if he breached the orders he would end up in jail.