An isolated man spent his daytime working and his evenings sat alone in his Innsworth home smoking cannabis, a court heard.
Building foreman Duncan Cooper smoked around £200 worth of the drug a week and created a sophisticated set up to grow the drug from his bedrooms.
Police busted the 49-year-old’s Swallow Crescent home on October 25, last year and discovered £11,700 of the drug growing.
Prosecutor Simon Goodman said despite the quantity there was no evidence Cooper was dealing.
He said: “There was no other evidence of an extravagant living or money going in and out.
“The Crown does not put forward this case on the basis there was commercial supply.
“There were seeds in the fridge so he knew what he was doing. He explained he grew it for his own use.”
The court heard Cooper had a conviction for possession of cannabis with intent to supply in Worcester, but it dated back 17 years.
Defending Nicole Colwill said Cooper had lived alone since his children grew up and moved out.
She said: “All his life he has been a fully contributing member of society. He is highly regarded in his work place.
“He is incredibly ashamed and embarrassed to be here.
“He works very long hours and is reliable. He works and works and goes home to an empty house and spends most of his evenings smoking.
“He applied the same sort of diligence to his cannabis growing as he did to his work.”
She added that isolated Cooper lived a frugal and modest lifestyle and was suffering from anxiety and depression.
Cooper pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and two counts of possession of the drug.
Recorder Stephen Climie gave Cooper an eight month jail term suspended for two years.
He ordered he underwent 12 months supervision with a six month drug rehabilitation requirement.
Cooper will also have to carry out 120 hours unpaid work, pay £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.