"Judge Pugsley described it as a "foul crime" because it led to the risk of addiction to other drugs."
is he saying we should punish people that grow or use cannabis because
other people that take cannabis later take addictive drugs?
that is so, then should we not be punishing those that drink coffee
(itself quite addictive and certainly a drug) because some coffee
drinkers later take more addictive drugs?
we not then argue to punish people with toy guns because some of them
go on to get real guns and commit terrible crimes - or stop the
licensing of guns completely - or punish all drivers because some drive
too fast and have terrible accidents?
Or could we not simplify the law and only prosecute and punish those with victims?
Derby judge's jail threat to arthritic gardener who grew cannabis
Monday 26 May 2014
GARDENER who has smoked cannabis for many years to alleviate pain from
arthritis rented a cottage so he could grow the drug. Julian Pinnington
started renting the property about a year ago and set up
cannabis-growing systems in two of the bedrooms.
The 43-year-old admitted producing cannabis but said that it was primarily for his own use.
he accepted that, if there had been a large yield, he would have sold
the drug to offset the £350 monthly rent he paid for the cottage.
Crown Court was told that a drugs expert estimated that the potential
yield of the operation was 1.5kg to 4kg and could have sold for between
£9,720 and £40,500.
Judge David Pugsley handed Pinnington, of Lyndale Drive, Codnor, a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for a year.
the judge said: "I'm sorry, you don't spend £350 a month on rent,
never mind the equipment, if you don't intend to produce a significant
amount of cannabis – unless you are a complete buffoon.
"A suspended sentence in your case is not a light sentence as, if you smoke cannabis, you will be sent to prison. My advice is you give it up."
Judge Pugsley described it as a "foul crime" because it led to the risk of addiction to other drugs.
Allen, prosecuting, said that police found three growing tents and 30
cannabis plants in the property in Oakerthorpe, as well as evidence of a
She said that Pinnington's fingerprints were found on the growing equipment.
Allen said: "He was arrested and he admitted he had been a user of
cannabis for many years and suffered from arthritis and used it to
alleviate the pain from that."
He told police he used about £60 to £70 of cannabis a week.
court heard that Pinnington, who was self-employed as a gardener, had
no previous convictions and was a family and community man.
Hunter, in mitigation, said Pinnington had started renting the cottage
after he received compensation as a result of a car accident.
said: "He decided to use the money to set up a cannabis grow. "His
view at the time was: 'If I grow my own, I can grow a huge supply for
"He says he has never previously sold any and the previous grow was a catastrophe and produced nothing."
Pinnington will be supervised by the probation service for a year. This supervision includes a drug rehabilitation requirement.