A 30 year old Stroud man admitted to trying to grow Cannabis at his home. 

He tried to grow 10 cannabis plants at his home - he has been sentenced to a 12 month community order by magistrates.

At Cheltenham magistrates Court last Friday (Jan 7) prosecutor Nicola Ritchie said that on February 29th 2019 police searched Christopher Wyman’s home in Horns Road and found cannabis growing in two areas of the property – a bedroom and the attic.

“The Police seized ten cannabis plants at different stages of development, along with an array of paraphernalia associated with growing the plants," said Ms Ritchie. "He was duly arrested for the cultivation of cannabis.

“A police expert said that the plants, had they continued to full maturity, could have produced a yield of the drug valued between £2,240 and £6,700.

“Wyman’s phone was also seized and after analysis it revealed it contained messages that indicated the user was selling class B drugs to users.”

Blaise Shervington, defending, said: “Wyman has entered his guilty plea at the earliest opportunity and since his arrest he has not come to the attention of the police at anytime during the two years that it has taken to bring this case to court.

“He was not selling cannabis openly. He was only making it available to four select friends and two friends of friends, between December 6, 2019 and February 28, 2020.

"Wymam’s own cannabis consumption has significantly reduced over the past two years. He began smoking when he was suffering from depression and social anxiety. He is now looking for professional help to finally rid him of this drug habit.”

Wyman pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of cannabis, a class B drug, with intent to supply to others of February 29, 2019, and producing by cultivation, a quantity of cannabis on the same date.

Presiding justice Mary Gaffney told Wyman: “We’ve listened to all that the lawyers have had to say about your offending and feel that a 12 month community order is the most sensible sentence for these charges.”

Ms Gaffney explained that as part of the order he would have to work with the probation service.

He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.

The magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and relevant paraphernalia and told Wyman he must pay court costs of £85 and a £90 victim surcharge.