A KNOWLE farmer grew cannabis to relieve bad headaches, a court was told last week.
Police found £500 worth of plants in David Joyce’s barn at his home in Heronsbrook Farm, Warwick Road, when they searched his property on July 25.
However, the 44-year-old claimed he had been cultivating the Class B drug to help with his ‘dreadful migraines’, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.
Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said Joyce had readily admitted he was growing cannabis ‘for his own personal use’ with the 16 plants almost ready to be harvested.
“He said he had been growing it and mixing it with his tea to use as pain relief for his headaches,” he added.
Officers also found the father-of-two had bypassed the main power line to illegally access free electricity to help grow the plants.
Western Power said it would be £300 just to make the line safe but they would be obtaining their compensation from Joyce directly.
Catherine Junor, defending, said Joyce had shown ‘genuine remorse’ for his actions.
“It was involvement through naivety, solely for his own use. It was him and him alone.
“He has had dreadful migraines, backed up with medical reports, which he has dealt with for years.
“He is now seeking legal medical help.”
Joyce, who previously admitted production of a Class B drug and illegally obtaining electricity, received a 12-month supervision order, 200 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay costs of £85.