Halifax man tells Crown Court judge: “I’ve used cannabis for 18 years - but no more.”

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A man who grew thousands of pounds worth of cannabis has promised a judge he has kicked the habit, a court heard this morning.

Jonathan Power, 30, was found with 11 large cannabis plants in his house in Douglas Street, Boothtown, Halifax, following a raid by police.

Just three weeks earlier, Power had been sentenced by Calderdale Magistrates for the exact same offence of possessing a class B drug.

Police searched the house on 4 June last year - but just three weeks later he appeared before the Magistrates and was fined for possessing the drug during a previous raid by police in January.

Bradford Crown Court heard that during the second raid, officers found a hydroponics system set up and plants with an estimated street value of £3371.

The court also heard how Power had tampered with the electric in the house using a black box so that the amount of electricity being used was recorded incorrectly.

Stephen Wood, defending, said that Power had been frank about his dependence on the drug during interviews with police.

“He told them he had been dependent on the drug for 18 years, but no more.

“There was enough cannabis for 70 days worth, but there is no suggestion that he was supplying it to anyone.

“It was all for her personal use.”

Four letters of support for Power were handed in to the judge, including the managing director of the Leo Group, Calder Valley Skip Hire, Project Colt and a community specialist nurse advisor.

His Honour Judge Colin Burn, said told Power: “You’re right against the line when it comes to going to jail.

“I just hope you’re not growing cannabis as we speak because otherwise things will end badly for you.”

Power was given a six month sentence suspended for 12 months, as well as 200 hours unpaid work and 12 months supervision.