Grew cannabis in his bedroom

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POLICE executed a search warrant at an address in Quadring and found Graham MacDonald had grown nine cannabis plants in a bedroom.

Officers also seized amphetamine from the fridge and found a small amount of cannabis as “green vegetable matter” when they searched the property on December 11, Spalding magistrates heard.

Graham MacDonald (50), of Main Road, admitted producing the cannabis plants and two counts of possessing class B controlled drugs.

Magistrates on Thursday sentenced MacDonald to a year-long community order and told him he must do 120 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

A forfeiture and destruction order was made for the drugs and cannabis growing equipment.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said MacDonald suffered from anxiety and says he cannot leave his house because he is afraid of crowds.

Mr Alexander said MacDonald’s doctor had prescribed anti-depressants, but the pills were not useful.

He told the court: “The doctor has said ‘as you smoke cannabis, I can’t give you any other medication’. If he doesn’t smoke cannabis, he suffers from anxiety.”

Mr Alexander said MacDonald was originally buying cannabis but decided to grow his own because he didn’t really know what he was getting when he paid for it.

By growing his own, he knew precisely what he was getting and it was also cheaper.

Mr Alexander said MacDonald last worked as a forklift driver but had been out of work now for two years,