Charles Nichols, a 67-year-old man, was charged with producing nearly 700 cannabis plants in his garden shed. The reason for his outlawed bustle was to get rid of his chronic pain that traditional medicine could not aid.
Charles Nichols of Houghton Lane, North Pickenham confessed cannabis production but said the plants were for his own use. Which was later confirmed by Norwich Crown Court, Judge Stephen Holt, about his chronic pain and arthritis.
After a police drone alert about a large amount of heat from the site, officers raided the house of Charles Nichols and his wife Helen. Nichols informed about breeding birds and also accepted the fact about growing cannabis, but only a batch of 200 plants.
But with further investigation officers discovered a fancy set-up of hydroponic equipment and lights with a total production of 693 plants with herbal cannabis in bags and illegal electricity abstraction from January 2017 and February 2018.
Nichols was pleaded guilty to both charges. And was arrested on the basis of illegally growing the drug for cannabis oil for his personal health reasons. He told police he was “carried away” with cannabis cultivation.
On Tuesday, September 10, he appeared at a trial in which he informed the court about the use of cannabis for chronic pain. He also talked about how he grew cannabis after watching a program on Netflix and collected all information through the internet.
“It just doesn’t make sense.”- Judge Stephen Holt
Judge Stephen said that he thought some of the cannabis would have been sold around with a mystery dealer on board, and added “I do not accept you were growing them entirely for your personal use,”
Emma Reed, defending Nichols, said that her client was “genuine remorse” and should also receive credit for his plea. She also urged the judge on his medical conditions and the prison sentence “would be devastating for him.”
The judge concluded by taking into account the age and medical circumstances of Nichols for 24 months in prison and suspended for two years. The abstraction of electricity was also taken into consideration, for which Nichols was sentenced to three months ‘ imprisonment.
Helen, Nichols’s wife, was also charged with both the cases, but due to no such evidence provided by the prosecution was ordered not guilty.