POLICE found cannabis plants growing in a cellar when they called at the home of a Bolsover man.
Officers went to Carlton Brighton’s address on unrelated business and noticed a strong smell of cannabis when he opened the door.
They checked the property and found two large cannabis plants growing in the cellar aided by equipment.
Each plant had a potential street value of £240 if harvested as cannabis bush.
Brighton (45), of Nesbit Street, Bolsover, admitted producing cannabis on 1st August and was fined £81, with £85 costs by Chesterfield magistrates.
“He started smoking cannabis to relieve pain from a back injury he suffered in a motorbike accident. He couldn’t work and he amassed debts,” said his solicitor, Christopher Wong.
“He didn’t like the people he was mixing with in order to buy it and he decided to try to grow a couple of plants.”
Mr Wong said Brighton also suffered pain in his feet and he had seen a chiropodist and chiropractor about his problems. He added: “Perhaps his cannabis smoking had got out of hand. He is wise enough not to grow any more.”