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Cannabis grower faces jail after breaching sentence for similar offence

By This is Devon  |  Posted: May 17, 2011

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A MAN has been warned he is likely to go to jail for growing cannabis.

Matthew Capel, aged 37, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court to admit producing the Class B drug in December 13 last year.

Judge Francis Gilbert adjourned sentence until June 3 for a probation officer to prepare a report on his background.

He said Capel, of St Chad Close in Whitleigh, was in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed last July for a similar offence.

Capel was given the 52-week suspended sentence for having 38 cannabis plants in the loft of his former home in Granby Street, Devonport.

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  • Auntiecon  |  December 29 2012, 11:18AM

    The problem with cannabis use is that many users also smoke tobacco and drink. These combined health risks are deadly to the user and not detectable until well established. I know someone quite intimately that does all three and he is one of the most unreasonable people I know. This person clearly has psychological reasons for indulging in these drugs in any case and maybe would be better advised to seek help rather than avoid the issues he has. He doesn't live in the real world and gets very aggressive if questioned in any way. As far as my own experience is concerned regarding this person, I most certainly would not recommend anyone to use weed unless it was for specific medical issues.

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  • iseveryidused  |  December 12 2012, 9:02AM

    Why do people risk breaking the law to pursue such an "innocent" past time? Is it possible they have a distorted sense of acceptable behaviour due to their habit? In fact, is it even possible to have a reasoned discussion with someone who considers it more an issue with the law? As I understand it (I'm no expert), but denial of a problem and trying to justify the usage of a substance sounds like addiction to me.

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  • Charlespk  |  August 12 2012, 7:53AM

    It's not either or, it's neither nor.

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  • Charlespk  |  August 12 2012, 7:51AM

    "a artist", "a artist"? Masses? . . . A minority of young Morons. . You just don't get it do you. . Its so very sad. http://tinyurl.com/y5po5ns

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  • Bod66  |  August 12 2012, 12:52AM

    How dare a artist or musician smoke weed an mellow out while the masses rampage the streets in druncken rages smashing windows and peoples faces is beyond me, if i had my way i would make them get drunk in the town centre an start a fight with a stranger. The truth is out there http://tinyurl.com/4xadouu

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  • Charlespk  |  June 12 2012, 1:05PM

    Quote by John_Name Sunday, Thisis Bristol, May 6 2012, 5:25PM (John_Name is or was a university lecturer) "I am a cannabis addict. I haven't read previous postings in their entirety, but here is my opinion. (1) There are two distinct questions, which I think usually get entangled, so that people end up talking at cross purposes with one another. The two questions are:- i. Is cannabis good/bad for you? ii. Given your answer to i, should cannabis be legalized? I have a certain regard for people who think that cannabis legalization is the most effective way to mitigate the harm which cannabis causes. I happen to disagree with them, as I think that more effective law enforcement is integral to the best solution to the cannabis problem. Nevertheless, I can see why these people think as they do. A second group of people argue - somewhat implicitly - for cannabis legalization on the basis that cannabis confers well-attested benefits in various medical applications. I don't really understand the reasoning here. Perhaps there is some kind of slide from 'has various medical applications' to 'is a benign wonder-drug with no side-effects'. Anyway, it's one thing to urge that doctors be permitted to prescribe cannabis to glaucoma and m.s. sufferers; quite another to parlay this into an argument for general legalization. It certainly doesn't follow. If cannabis really helps m.s. sufferers, then by all means let doctors prescribe it to them. This doesn't mean that the police should tolerate pubs where there is open weed-smoking and dealing. The third group of people - who are the ones I really can't abide - are the ones who insist that cannabis is a wonderful drug. It's not. It is addictive, and it damages its addicts. I rue the day I got involved with it." Some people always deserve our respect. . . . People like John_Name will always have mine."

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  • DavidParsley  |  June 04 2012, 9:28PM

    Just be happy to get drunk now and then!! When will you ideots realise that DRUGS are BAD OK? When you take them you risk other peoples lives. Ho hum, I guess I'm the only sane one around here.

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  • blondieee92  |  June 01 2012, 12:27AM

    It doesn't matter how many people agree with cannabis being legal, if you think about it, you'll be better of buying it off you're "dealer", could you imagaine how much tax the government would put on it if it was legal?? haha

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  • ChrisBovey  |  May 31 2012, 4:13PM

    pandddawso - the scientific evidence doesn't back up what you are saying. You are repeating Dail Mail lies and scare stories. Even Prof Les Iversen, the Government's Chief Drugs Adviser, is on the record as saying cannabis is one of the safer recreational substances. It certainly doesn't cause brain cases and in many cases has been shown to be good for you. There is evidence cannabis reverses and prevents the progression of Multiple Sclerosis, despite a highly dubious and misleading report put out over the weekend by Prof Zajicek claiming otherwise.

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  • pandddawso  |  May 31 2012, 4:03PM

    The real problem is some people are susceptible to the long-term effects of cannabis, others seem to be immune to it. To them, it's just a way of adding extra fun to an evening's socialising. But for people who don't have this immunity, cannabis causes irreversible brain damage surprisingly quickly, even the milder strains. Susceptible people can have a schizophrenic nervous breakdown after just one session. Exactly this happened to one of my best friends. There are less catastrophic long-term effects, such as unshakeable mild paranoia that makes victims extremely hard to live with - you probably know someone like that; it's impossible to prevent them assuming that everybody's out to get them, they over-react to the most innocent remark, the rest of the world just can't do anything right. They phone you up and scream at you at 11 o'clock at night. Cannabis wrecks lives - the lives of the victims, and of those round about them. It's like tobacco - just because the lucky few smoke and get away with it, doesn't mean it should be given a clean bill of health for everybody.

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