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Surveyor grew cannabis at his Haslingden home
5:06pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
An environmental surveyor and analyst set up a cannabis farm at his Haslingden home as he did not want to go to drug dealers, a court heard.
James William Hoyland, 33, had 13 plants growing with heating, lighting and ventilation. Burnley magistrates were told how the venture had not only led to the loss of the defendant’s good character. He was worried about the effect of the conviction on his career and had now kicked his habit.
Hoyland, of Peel Street, admitted producing cannabis at Haslingden. The bench, who said he had shown remorse for his actions, fined him £400, with a £40 victim surcharge and £85 costs. Alex Mann, prosecuting, said if the defendant had not intended to supply the cannabis, he would have been left with a large amount of it.
David Phillips, for Hoyland, said he had no previous convictions. The solicitor urged the court to impose a conditional discharge The defendant had had a number of very immature plants and the yield would have been extremely small. He was growing the cannabis only for himself, so he did not have to be in contact with drug dealers.
Hoyland, a professional man, now no longer used cannabis. The solicitor told the hearing: “This conviction has played on his mind. He loses his good character and he is really concerned about what effect this may have on his future employment prospects. This has really focused his mind.”
Mr Phillips went on: “He has stopped using drugs totally because he has been so concerned. He did not realise what a serious situation he had put himself into.”