ENGLAND - A MAN found with £40,000 worth of cannabis has been spared prison after he claimed he wanted to eat it –on toast. onathan Champion, 42, told a court how he had eaten the drug for more than 15 years and intended to use his latest batch in a soup, on toast or just eat it straight. Champion, of Callington, Cornwall, explained how he had used the dope as a makeshift painkiller following a motorbike accident when he was 17.
Truro Crown Court heard how police stormed his home and found huge number of plants in three separate locations around the property. The drugs found at his property were said to have an estimated street value of between £12,600 and £37,800. Champion told officers that he was planning to consume the lot himself.
Chris Nicholls, defending, said: "The defendant eats the cannabis, he doesn't roll it or smoke it. "He has it on soup or toast or just eats it straight out of the container. It may explain the potentially large amount there."
But Sally Daulton, prosecuting, argued the amount was far too much for a single person. She told the court: "The crown's position is that Mr Champion was producing more than for his own use." Champion denied smoking or dealing the class B drug but pleaded guilty to producing the large quantity.
He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
The Star/Sept. 23, 2014
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