A trucker caught growing cannabis got a court warning about the dangers of mixing drugs with driving.
The warning came as an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years which was imposed on David Steinborn, of Rutland Street, Chesterfield.
Derby Crown Court heard this month that 11 cannabis seedlings were found when police raided his former home in Clowne Road, Stanfree.
The hearing was told Steinborn earns £3,000 monthly as a lorry driver and had now stopped taking cannabis.
Recorder Michael Elsom told him: “Someone in your job should never have anything to do with drugs. It is increasingly well known the consumption of even a small amount of cannabis can affect people’s ability to drive. You should remember that more than anybody else.”
Steinborn pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis on March 19. He must also do 150 hours’ unpaid community work and obey a curfew for 90 days.
Quentin Robbins, mitigating, said Steinborn started growing cannabis for his own use but he had never intended to sell cannabis and he has since stopped smoking the class B drug.
Christopher Straw, prosecuting, said cannabis was found growing in two rooms and irrigation pads were set up as well as lights.
Mr Straw added: “Steinborn said the majority of cannabis would have been for his own personal consumption. The Crown accepts this was not somebody who was actively involved in any form of sale.”