A MAN grew cannabis in his home because he couldn’t afford to pay his dealer for the drug.
Michael Lee, of Bradford Road in Batley, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
He admitted producing and possessing the class B drug on March 22.
The Huddersfield bench was told that police had executed a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
They were invited into the house by Lee and inside there was a strong smell of cannabis.
In the cellar police found equipment that had been set up for growing the drug.
They also discovered three plants hidden inside a cupboard together with a grinder and plastic dealer bags.
Magistrates were told that the 25-year-old had been cautioned previously for growing five cannabis plants in a different house.
Ian Whiteley, defending, said that Lee’s cannabis habit had cost him £10 a day.
He said: “He was on benefits and couldn’t afford to pay for the drugs from dealers so he started growing these plants.
“There was some sophistication to the system he had set in place.
“He bought the seeds from a shop in Leeds and cultivated them with the lighting equipment and drainage.”
Magistrates told Lee that they needed a full report before they could sentence him.
They adjourned his case until Monday, July 23 and granted Lee unconditional bail.