Cornish Guardian: 1 February 2012
A PENSIONER who has been a cannabis user for 50 years "eats and drinks" the drug, Truro Crown Court heard on Friday.
Kenneth Matthews, 67, of Grimscott Estate, Grimscott, near Bude, was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Truro Crown Court on Friday.
Matthews must also comply with an electronically tagged nightly curfew, from 7pm to 7am, for three months.
"Taking cannabis in that way is a bit unusual," said Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC.
"But you have grasped the nettle, as Mr Hilliard [Barry Hilliard, for the defence] says, and have already taken steps to rid yourself of cannabis in your system."
Matthews pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis.
Joss Ticehurst, for the prosecution, said that officers who visited Matthews' home found a total of 65 plants, cannabis leaf material and flowering heads. He used it to make tea. The potential yield of skunk was valued at £5,950 and the other £2,566.
Mr Hilliard said that it was very small scale and amateurish cultivation.