A MAN who used cannabis for medicinal purposes decided to grow his own to save money.

Blackburn magistrates heard police were tipped off about Bradley Holgate's home grown medication and discovered a mini-cannabis farm at his house.

Holgate, 26, of Fort Street, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug. He was fined £220 with £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said police attended at the defendant's home and asked him if he was growing cannabis. He showed them a small tent with three mature cannabis plants in it.

"He admitted growing for his own personal use," said Mr Robinson.

Naimi Hussain, defending, said her client was a hard working young man who was employed as an engineer by Hanson Cement.

In the last few years he had experienced health problems and doctors were still trying to get to the bottom of what was wrong.

"He has been prescribed numerous tablets but nothing was working and he decided to try cannabis," said Mrs Hussain. "It was simply for medicinal purposes."

Mrs Hussain said he found it was getting expensive and decided to grow his own.