When the officers came to call Samuel Armstrong’s home in search of a missing person, they became suspicious when, after being let in and allowed to look into every room in the house, he did not want them to enter a particular room.
When they gain access to the restricted room, they find a small cannabis plantation that Armstrong claims he has grown for his personal use to help him cope with the pain he was experiencing.
While appearing before the Falkirk Sheriff’s Court last Thursday, the former Armstrong, 46, pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug – class B cannabis – at his home on 2 Stark Avenue, Camilleon on October 31, 2020.
Rose Wilson, the attorney general’s financial representative, said: “It was 7.20pm and officers came to the address to assist in the investigation of the missing person. The accused allowed them access and explained why they were there.
The officers explained to the accused the importance of examining all rooms for the missing, and one of the officers asked the accused why he did not want to enter a certain room.
The accused said he had ‘three small plants’ there. The officers came in and pulled out the plastic sheeting and the defendant said ‘there are already four.’ He showed the police four small cannabis plants he was growing.
The accused was arrested and said ‘I grow it myself – it helps with my leg pain’.
Defense attorney Simon Hutchison said: “He hasn’t been in trouble for some time. It’s quite clear he was growing cannabis for his personal use only and there is no indication that anything else has happened.
“He was growing it for his own use and that was a medicinal use.”
“While you suggest that it’s for your own medical use, given some of the pain you’re in, that doesn’t make it legal – it’s still illegal,” Sheriff Craig Harris said to Armstrong.
He fined Armstrong £840 to be paid at the rate of £50 a month.