Judge lenient on pot grower

By September 18, 2014 Recent News

Stuff co.nz 17 September 2014
An Ashhurst man has been given a reduced sentence for possessing cannabis-growing equipment and tampering with his power box to shave more than $1500 off his bills, largely due to his willingness to address his cannabis habit.

Alexander Graham Simpson, 47, was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to six months’ home detention and 125 hours’ community work for theft and possessing equipment to cultivate cannabis.

Police searched his house in June after his car was found with the engine running, but with him nowhere nearby, a few days earlier.

They found a large number of items used for growing cannabis at his house, including an environmental odour controller box, extraction fans, timer switches and an ozone generator.

When found by police, Simpson told them he had the gear to grow cannabis for himself.

Another search of the property showed the meter box had been tampered with, causing it to show less power than was being used. Simpson had used $1688.90 worth of power for free.