Padiham man had cannabis ‘farm’ at home

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A former Padiham man has been handed a 12-month community order for cultivating cannabis.

Martin Penman (47) admitted cultivating the drug at his then home in Grove Street, Padiham.

Mr Stephen Parker (prosecuting) told Burnley Crown Court when police turned up at his door last February to ask Penman if he was growing cannabis, he replied: “You can see for yourself, it’s my farm”.

Mr Parker told the court 226g of cannabis could have been made from 12 mature plants grown from seed. He added this would be for personal use and if Penman had wanted to grow more, he could have done.

Mr Mark Stuart (defending) told the court Penman had had addictions to more addictive drugs in the past. But, he said, Penman was making the “best efforts to be a good father” now and was living with his son in the Bradford area.

Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt said: “It’s sad to see you in front of the courts again after putting an early life of crime behind you. If you can’t afford drugs, do not grow them yourself.”

Penman was given a 12-month supervision order, a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and was ordered to pay a £60 surcharge.