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Cannabis grower Sid Meadows from Lydney avoids jail sentence

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

Sid Meadows grew cannabis at his home

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CANNABIS smoker Sid Meadows has avoided going to prison despite admitting growing and being concerned in the supply of the drug.

The 44-year-old was said to be a long-term and heavy user of the drug, but wanted help to give it up, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Meadows pleaded guilty to producing the drug between February 1 and May 8 last year.

He admitted a further charge of being concerned in the supply of the class B drug, between May 5 and May 9 last year, and said he sold the drugs to a close group of friends in a bid to fund his own habit.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court that 200 grams of drying out flowering head of cannabis were found by police.

Meadows, who has six previous convictions that all date back further than 15 years ago, was said to have pictures of cannabis leaves at his Hope Close home in Lydney.

Mr Kesner said on Friday that it is not often that heavy users just supply to close friends only, but in this case it was the truth.

James Haskell, in mitigation, said: “He is a heavy user and he has been for some time.

“He accepts he has supplied some to a small amount of friends to fund his own addiction, but he is somebody that is keen to take advantage of help that is on offer.”

Judge William Hart said Meadows was someone that had come to the realisation that something had to be done and was already taking steps.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He will undergo a one-year supervision order with a drugs rehabilitation requirement.

The judge warned him: “If you complete this you won’t go to prison, but if you fail to you will.

“You are a young man with old convictions.

“You have been out of trouble for 15 years and I take the view you are capable of staying out of trouble for the next 15 years if you are minded to do so.

“I hope this works out for you.”

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