No jail for woman who grew cannabis

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A woman who grew cannabis at home for herself and her mother has avoided being sent to prison.

Kaylea McKay, 27, of Bloomfield Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

She was sentenced to a 12-month community order with up to 15 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who also ordered the destruction of the drugs.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police went to McKay’s home on December 3 and found 12 cannabis plants growing in a tent.

When interviewed McKay said she used cannabis and her mother also used the drug to help alleviate symptoms after a stroke. She decided to grow her own because she had been paying dealers up to £200 a month.