20-month prison sentence for cannabis production

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Wednesday 10th February, 2016:

This afternoon his honour Judge Thomas QC, in Bradford Crown Court, sentenced Michael Hamilton (28) to 20 months in prison for production of cannabis, a controlled drug. The 48 plants grown by Mr Hamilton had a yield with street value of a little over £18,000.

Mr Hamilton received a two month sentence, to run concurrently, for extracting (ie stealing) electricity.

Mr Hamilton's advocate told the Court his client had learned about both cannabis cultivation and extracting electricity by watching You Tube.

Judge Thomas made a confiscation order of the drug-production equipment, and delivered a blistering criticism of those who see cannabis as benign. Cultivation (illicit) on this scale has to stop, said Judge Thomas.

By Helen Gavaghan at Bradford Crown Court, 10th February, 2016.
Freelance journalist, science writer, and editor of Science, People & Politics


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