A LOUTH man decided to spend more than £1,000 on equipment to produce his own cannabis rather than use street dealers, a court has heard.
Adrian Joseph Hart, 38, of Queen Street, admitted producing 28 cannabis plants at his home, when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The court was told that police executed a search warrant at his home on October 11 and found 28 cannabis plants, some of which were in a hydroponic system, spread across three rooms in the house.
He admitted to police officers that he was producing the drug for his own use as he did not want to use street dealers.
He told them he had spent £1,300 on buying the equipment and had ordered the seeds through mail order from a UK company.
Mitigating, Lauren Fisher said it was all for his own use as he had used cannabis on a recreational basis since he was a teenager.
She said none of the plants had actually produced any yield before the police raid and it was the first time he had produced his own.
She told the magistrates that it had been a shock for Hart to be brought to court and he had no intention of repeating it.
Hart was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for the community.
He was also ordered to pay £40 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.