Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, said that when police visited Reed, they noticed a “strong smell of cannabis and officers were invited to have a look around”.
The prosecuting officer believes that the argument put forward by Mr. Shepherd does not add up: “The scale and sophistication of the grow suggest it is a commercial grow. The drugs expert says it is beyond one person’s smoking capabilities.”
Stephen Burdon, mitigating, said Reed, 57, had mainly produced it for his son with some for himself.
“This was not on a commercial basis – he wanted to protect his son.
“The police didn’t ask questions about the usage of cannabis by the son and Mr. Reed. His son is a cannabis user. He did not want his son going to dealers,” said Mr. Burdon.
Mr. Burdon is to appoint an independent drugs expert to examine the police report. The solicitor said it was “double-edged” to argue that Reed intended to provide the drug for his son because that was a form of supply.
Reed’s mobile phone and laptop were seized by police officers who were searching for evidence “to suggest that he had the intention of onward supply”.
In 2015, there were 87,247 police caseloads relating to the cannabis, with the average cost to the taxpayer per case estimated at £2,256. The Liberal Democrats estimate that a total of £31m was spent on 1,044,180 police hours policing cannabis. Does this sound like a reasonable way to spend taxpayer money?
Policing cannabis costs taxpayers up to £50m a year, with 1,363 inmates currently in prison in England and Wales for cannabis-related offenses. You are being forced to house and feed these people because our Government refuses to accept they are wrong on cannabis laws.
The very same Government says it cannot afford to feed starving children. What is happening to the UK?
Do you think this is an effective use of police time and resources, or do you think the country should move forward and end the war on cannabis users?