A CANNABIS smoker started a drug farm in his spare room to save money.
Scott Andrew Hill managed to grow 16 plants of the class B drug at his home in Blackfell, Washington, before police discovered his haul.
He pleaded guilty to production of cannabis when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said police carried out a search of his home at 8.40am on March 1.
Hill, 35, was asleep in an upstairs room at the house in Long Crag when officers found his cannabis farm in a back bedroom.
Mrs Bellamy said: “Police found the plants in an 8ft by 8ft growing tent.
“When he was interviewed, he said he did have a cannabis farm in his rear bedroom, in a growing tent, and had a lighting and cooling system.
“He said they were grown for his own use because he could not afford to buy cannabis.
“He said they were in the final stages of growth.
“It was the second cannabis farm he had grown, but with the first one, 14 of 15 plants died.
“He had researched the growing of cannabis on the internet and did not intend to supply them to anyone.
“He said he got the equipment from someone else.
“He intended to smoke them himself and said they would probably take a couple of months to smoke.”
She said that police estimated the cannabis farm could have produced about £4,000 to £5,000 of the drug, or a total of 2,080 “spliffs” every year.
Anna Haq, defending, said Hill used cannabis regularly but did not want to go through drug dealers.
She said he got the “fright of his life” when he realised how much he had produced.
“He certainly seems to have excelled himself in producing cannabis,” she added.
Magistrates adjourned the case until July 3 for pre-sentence reports.