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Barnsley Man Sentenced After Cannabis Cultivation Found

Wednesday November 28 2012

A BARNSLEY man has been sentenced to three years in prison after a cannibis cultivation set up was found in a Penistone home. 

Christopher Butcher, 32, was subject of a police investigation which revealed every room of the house on Sheffield Road had cannabis plants growing in them - a total of 82 plants with a street value of £32,000.

Christopher Butcher was arrested for production of cannabis with the intent to supply and money laundering.

Police Constable Nichola Garbett said: "We want to send out a positive message that South Yorkshire Police will not tolerate people who cultivate, sell or use illegal drugs and all information passed to the police about such activities will be taken seriously and will result in positive action."

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Reply Posted by wobble on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 13:40
well am sorry but 3yrs isnt enough for the crime and tht total value off these drugs .the amount of lifes it takes.....

Reply Posted by Seb on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 14:13
You weren't off smoking pot during English lessons were you @wobble?

Reply Posted by bop on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 15:07
how does this drug take life

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Thursday November 29 2012 at 12:02
Please, substantiate these claims, that cannabis takes lives. Name one person that died of a cannabis overdose? You can't, because there are none. I bet you like the occasional beer though. Another challenge, tell me how many people have died of alcohol overdose? You can't, because there are too many to count. The term Hypocrisy springs to mind...as well as the term imbecile...

Reply Posted by elisa on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 13:47
just to point out cannabis has never ever taken a life and funny enough alcohol related problems cost the government more cash to control... hence why in sum countrys it's legal and even prescribed to help sum conditions.... just a thought as I don't smoke it myself but don't bother me when ppl do 4 personal use

Reply Posted by cal on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 14:14
more ppl have health issues smoking cigs and drinking alchol .Every weekend thousands of drunken ppl end up in casualty . You will never stop cannabis being grown in this country the government and police waist millions trying to stop it .All drugs should be legal and it should be a personal choice if i take them or not .AND FOR WOBBLE TO SAY 3 YRS AINT ENOGH ??it cost over £2000 a week to keep ppl in prison they get 3 meals a day tv gym education and a job ??its not the prisoners that suffer its there wifes children familys !!! i say legalise cannabis and tax it like cigs n alchol .stop criminalising ppl for what they smoke

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 14:45
drugs of whatever nature should not be allowed they cause nothing but misery and upset often death turf wars the list is endless so no 3 years wasnt long enough to show would be dealers the police mean business he should have got at least double that if my comment offends some who think its ok then tough

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Thursday November 29 2012 at 12:12
I'm not offended, not at all. My view oppose yours, but i can sit comfortably knowing that my view is well researched and knowledgeable, and yours clearly isn't. I can also sleep soundly in my bed knowing that if you and i were to ever have a conversation about this subject, i would completely destroy any argument you come up with and you would look like a person with an uninformed viewpoint trying to defend a none existent stance. The only issue i have, is that most people are, like you, brainwashed and just do as you're told. Like sheep, unable to think critically, you simply follow instructions never asking questions because to do so would mean stepping out of line, and you fear that, even though it would be for your betterment, and that of everyone around you. I pity you, and others like you. And i pity me, and others like me who have to put up with people like you. Peace.

Reply Posted by Jay on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 14:49
bud should be legalized


Reply Posted by God on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 16:59
Ha ha takes get a grip lol. And 2000 to keep some1 in prison a week it's not Hilton u kno lol. I've known ppl that's been in prison and done jobs that a civilian wud 20000 grand a year for lol.

Reply Posted by God on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 17:01
Sorry takes life's I meant to put

Reply Posted by Woofers on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 18:11
Used to work with this lad at asda about 10 years ago

Reply Posted by Ellis on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 19:53
Cannabis is NOT going to have any bad effect on anyone unless they have a history of mental illness. It has never killed anyone and was made illegal for ridiculous reasons. Mr Police men, If you are so intelligent, read up on the history, you will see. Same goes for all the ignorant people that still this it is going to kill you. There are people out there on heroin and cocaine and even alcohol that cause all sorts of trouble, the most you get from a stoner is the shop closest earns a decent amount of cash! LEGALISE WEED NOW!!! America is doing it. And we all know how much government like to tax... So bang a lot of tax on it, sell it safely in shops... EVERYONE WINS.

Reply Posted by Squash on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 21:45
Drugs are bad mmmm kay

Reply Posted by guestymcguest on Wednesday November 28 2012 at 21:57
police don't make the laws they enforce them. There is solid evidence on the harm that cannabis studies are pointing to mental issues and decreased brain function but that's not the argument. Even if cannabis was legal then this fella would still be in trouble same as I would be if I set up a brewery in my home or started making my own tobacco as it would be unlicensed.

This guy knew it was wrong and illegal but did it anyway. The police don't make the laws they enforce it.

Just legalise it, tax it, lets have some coffee shops on the high street and villages. Pubs are doomed social smoking with your be the way??? Imagine soending time with your mates on a friday night calling for a coffee a slice of cake and maybe a bit of hash for a couple of hours. Coffee shop makes a bit, you spend a fraction of a cost of a night out, government gets tax. Problem comes in when the rich fat cats want to be in charge of the production and charge a fortune so they can inflate profit from demand. Solution would be to outstrip demand with supply - which is easy with weed, as the name indicates weeds grow anywhere.

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Thursday November 29 2012 at 12:27
Mental Health Issues, yes, there is evidence to suggest that some people, particularly when young, will have a higher propensity to develop problems if they use cannabis to a moderate or heavy level, and even at low levels if the person is young enough. The drug alters brain function, and in a developing brain this can have harmful effects. But, and its a big but, this is not the case in all persons using the drug, not even all young persons with developing brains. And in fact, all ingested substances carry a risk that you may have a genetic weakness towards them, some people are allergic to certain things, some people go out on a night out and have the same amount to drink that i might have and die, because their body has a predisposition towards having problems when lots of alcohol is ingested. Decreased Brain function!?!?! Now that one you just made up on the spot! :o)

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Thursday November 29 2012 at 12:46
And, why is growing a plant wrong. Illegal, sure, but wrong? I think you has misinterpreted the definition. Things that are illegal are not always wrong, take stealing food to feed yourself for example. Illegal, but certainly not wrong. Sleeping in an empty warehouse, illegal, not wrong. The lines are not that clear cut and simple, and the law is a long way from upholding what is right.

Reply Posted by guestymcguest on Thursday November 29 2012 at 14:02
Firstly I was probably wrong to put reduced brain function when what I should have put was brain impairment http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-abuse/how-does-marijuana-use-affect-your-brain-body theres a bit on there about brain function doctor I don't write for Nida by the way .
The moral part of right and wrong is irrelevant right and wrong is down to interpretation nice nitpicking though, knew he shouldn't do it as he would get into trouble, and he did. Who is right and wrong in palestine at the moment btw?

Reply Posted by Wondering on Thursday November 29 2012 at 08:52
There sure are a lot of doctors ^^^ in barnsley that are sure of the side effects and long term damage!

Reply Posted by jules on Sunday December 2 2012 at 19:36
wow nowt ever happens in penistone!

Reply Posted by mark on Monday December 3 2012 at 13:32
a few years ago a top scientist was appointed (by labour government) to research the effects of canabis and other illegal drugs along with alcohol. this experiment took him 5 years if memory serves me right, the result of this experiment when published =
in health risks ALCOHOL worse,cigarettes 2nd , heroine and cocaine 3rd then bottom of the pile was canabis.
the goverment acted really fast to these results THEY SACKED AND DISGRACED THIS SCIENTIST IMMIDIATELY. true story

Reply Posted by barnsley lass on Monday December 3 2012 at 16:46
i wander how many people on here who think cannabis is ok would be happy if they found out there kids were having it. untill they can prove beyond all doubt that it does no harm i for one would not be happy with any of my family having it