A LANDSCAPE gardener let his son grow up to 35 cannabis plants in their home because it was the only thing he was ‘showing an interest in’, a court heard.
Michael Stewart Ware, 48, of Royal Road, Disley, admitted ‘turning a blind eye’ to cannabis grown in his kitchen, loft and back bedroom by son Samuel, 19, from hemp seeds he had bought at a fishing shop.
The ‘extremely amateur’ operation involved no specialist lights or heating, district judge Nicholas Sanders was told during sentencing at Macclesfield Magistrates Court last Wednesday (September 30).
Jobless Samuel Joseph Ware, also of Royal Road, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, and his father, who runs his own gardening business, to permitting the production of cannabis as occupier of the premises. Both were sentenced to six-month community punishments with 60 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 court costs.
Paul Davies, prosecuting, said: “Police officers on entering immediately noted a large quantity of green plants. They were in the garden, the kitchen and some in the rear bedroom and one within the loft. There were no hydroponics, lighting set up or heat lights. They were basically put into pots in the house.”
Caroline King, defending, said the plants, which had been growing for several months, were originally in the garden and a tip-off alerted police.
“Samuel had received some hemp seeds from a fishing shop and decided to plant them,” she said.
“They have tried to dry some of the leaves and smoke it but they were hemp and not the best quality. This was an extremely amateur operation.
“Michael is a gardener and described that his son doesn’t show much interest in much these days and had shown an interest in this so he turned a blind eye to the growing.
“Both have been nervous about coming to court and say they have learnt their lesson.”
District Judge Sanders said: “It is the sheer quantity of the plants involved which means I am going to make a community order.”