A Moray mechanic told a court he was cultivating cannabis for his personal use and for medicinal purposes.
Paul Cruickshank, 38, said he suffered from arthritis in his shoulders, elbows and hands, and cannabis was better than drugs prescribed by a doctor.
He was fined £600 at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday after he admitted breaking the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Fiscal depute Shona Duncan said police had gone to Cruickshank’s home at Findochty and got permission from him to search a lean-to extension.
She said: “While one officer went for a torch, Cruickshank said to the other that he was growing a crop in the lean-to.”
Miss Duncan said the officers found two mature cannabis plants in pots next to a small pile of cannabis leaves.
They also discovered three other mature cannabis plants hung up to dry. She said the plants were worth between £100 and £300 each and, with a quantity of cannabis resin, the total maximum value was £1,500.
Cruickshank, of 12-14 Duke Street, Findochty, admitted producing cannabis and being concerned in the production of a controlled drug. He further admitted possession of cannabis and cannabis resin.
The offences took place on September 17 last year. Cruickshank, who did not have a solicitor, told Sheriff Ian Cameron: “They were just for personal use only and for slight medicinal purposes.
“I have arthritis in my shoulder, elbows and hands and this helps better than the type of drugs you get from the doctor.”
By John Thomson