A COUNTRYMAN who grew cannabis and baked muffins with it to ease his back pain has been handed a suspended sentence.
“Green-fingered” Mark Stockhill, 45, was also ordered to observe a 12-week electronically monitored curfew from 8pm to 8am after a court heard how he had cannabis growing equipment in his garden shed.
Wakefield Magistrates’ Court was told Stockhill, of Regina Crescent, Havercroft, researched the subject on the internet.
But Stockhill’s solicitor Brian Bushell stressed it wasn’t a sophisticated operation done for commercial gain but was for Stockhill’s own medical treatment.
The court heard how Stockhill, who enjoyed outdoor pursuits and was involved in pest control, had been trampled on by a cow five years ago. He suffered back damage and arthritis.
A previous hearing was told how took the cannabis-laced buns five nights in seven after suffering a slipped disc and trying regular medication.
Prosecutor Diane Gomersall said police found 19 cannabis plants following a search of Stockhill’s home on May 23.
There were ten adult plants and nine smaller ones. They also found high and low powered lights together with a transformer and a extractor fan which were set up in a garden shed.
The police also found more ammunition than Stockhill was entitled to have as a firearms certificate holder.
Stockhill admitting producing cannabis and failing to comply with a condition of a firearm certificate.
Mr Bushell, mitigating, said: “He is a countryman at heart and has shot as part of that for many years.”
He said Stockhill has a licence for a number of rifles and had decided to safeguard the ammunition for somebody else who had lost their certificate. But he should have perhaps handed it into the police.
The court also heard a report from a probation officer about Stockhill’s circumstances. The court heard he had only ever used cannabis but stopped using it 18 weeks ago and was now just using pain killers.
District Judge Marie Mallon jailed Stockhill for 16 weeks but suspended the sentence for 12 months.
She ordered the forfeiture of the drugs, the paraphernalia and the excess ammunition.
Stockhill must pay £85 costs.