Cannabis-growing mother and son spared prison sentences

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By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 08:00

A MUM and son caught with a cannabis crop in Bedminster Down have been spared prison.

In-debt Benjamin Anstey forced his mum Deborah Grimmer to allow him to cultivate the Class B drug at their home in Brunel Road, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Police who searched the premises found plant pots, lights and 1.5kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of £15,000.

Anstey, 32, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and Grimmer, 50, pleaded guilty to permitting production.

The recorder Mr Andreae-Jones QC gave Grimmer a 12-month community order with six months' supervision.

He sentenced Anstey to three months in jail, suspended for a year, with 18 months of supervision and a nine-month drug treatment and testing order.

Julian Howells, prosecuting, said Grimmer told police she was growing the drug for personal use, without help, but Anstey's fingerprints were found on a lamp.

When re-interviewed Grimmer conceded her son Benjamin was responsible for the plants and she had let it happen because she was in fear of him, the court heard.

Anstey admitted that he grew cannabis at the address because he owed money and he was pressured to grow the drug to repay his debt.

Jason Taylor, defending Anstey, said his client was his mother's carer and he had been hooked on Class A drugs from the age of 15.

Tabitha Macfarlane, defending Grimmer, said she did not wish to air her client's personal details in public.



  • Profile image for Raverbaby-1

    good to see the anti-cannabis brigade clearly outsmarting there counterparts again with their knowledge and skill in this debate. (sarcasm!!)

    on one hand we have sensible, logical, experienced and factual arguements from the majority and then on the other you got pillowfight and vrwtuy. all i would say to them 2 is that your lack of any real arguement for keeping cannabis iilegal speaks volumes, as does the fact that despiting asking several times on this website i have yet to have anyone give a logical and rational answer as to why they think prohibition has been a success? i wont hold my breath. but i am genuinly interested why someone who despises the drug so much wants the soul control of said drug to be in the ongoing hands of criminals and gangs who dont care if they sale to a 12yr old..just be nice to know your reasoning..

    By Raverbaby-1 at 20:34 on 13/11/12

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    "Isnt it crazy, that the reefermadness propaganda still exists, but simply evolved in a way to suit the intelligence of the populous"

    Yep, SourAlienOG, but not surprising. The wealthy elite will always fight hard to protect their interests, and with their resources and influence will invariably succeed.

    Let's also not forget that cannabis is liable to make you think, become "non-conformist" and switch off the idiot box. We can't have that can we?

    Scientists have already discovered that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.

    But hey ho, let's carry on spending on other drugs.

    Cannabis is incredibly sustainable as well. This evil plant that can create clothing, medicine, biofuel, paper, rope, protein powder etc.

    People need to wake up to the hundreds of potential industrial, medicinal, spiritual, etc. uses that hemp and marijuana can provide.

    Right, off for a fat one :)

    By Ourbads at 19:02 on 13/11/12

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    Hit the nail on its head.

    Many reasons why cannabis was prohibited. Mostly vested interested and the fear of hemp production for logging companies in America, and Cotton farmers in Egypt. A lot of why it was outlawed had a lot to do with control, prejudice and racism. It had nothing at all to do with the effect from smoking cannabis. Alcohol prohibition had built an infrastructure, so when prohibition came to an end, many people including Harry Anslinger where going to be out of work. So working together with William Randolf Hearst, (a racist, owner of a huge chain of newspapers and had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didnt want to see the development of hemp paper in competition) they started the 'reefer-madness' campaign. Some quotes from Anslinger, an example of the propaganda -

    ''the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races''

    ''You smoke a joint and your likely to kill your brother''

    ''Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind''

    ''There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are *******, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with *******, entertainers, and any others''

    Isnt it crazy, that the reefermadness propaganda still exists, but simply evolved in a way to suit the intelligence of the populous.

    By SourAlienOG at 18:17 on 13/11/12

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    Cannabis is only illegal due to lobbying in the 1930's by companies in the US as hemp production was threatening the oil, rope and paper industries.

    Nowadays, the powerful pharmaceutical industry will fight just as hard to keep it illegal as scientists have discovered it can be used to treat all manner of illnesses, including cancer.

    They can't patent a plant.

    This plant is one of natures gifts to humanity, but profits are more important than people's well being.

    By Ourbads at 18:11 on 13/11/12

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    It took you two minutes?

    Ah, but what is wasted on you may be someone else's gain :)

    By SourAlienOG at 17:22 on 13/11/12

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