An Aberdeen man has admitted growing cannabis to help him cope with migraine headaches.
Stephen Amato, 47, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he admitted producing cannabis at his address on Provost Rust Drive between July 19 and 22.
Fiscal depute Lixia Sun said when police arrived at Amato’s home at 8.40am he took them to the basement, where he had four plants along with equipment such as lamps and filters.
Cannabis buds were also found hanging to dry in a wardrobe.
The total weight of the drugs found was 235.5g with a potential street value of £1,500 in their current form.
Amato’s wife and seven-year-old child were also in the house when police arrived.
After he was cautioned and detained he replied: “She doesn’t know much about it. I just grow a couple of plants.”
Defence agent Mike Monro said: “He accepts that he is a regular cannabis user. The taking of cannabis is to alleviate migraine headaches.
“It’s for his own use. There’s no suggestion at all that this is anything commercial.”
He added that his client, a chef and kitchen porter, made a “full admission to the police in interview”.
Sheriff Mungo Bovey deferred sentence for one year for Amato to be of good behaviour and warned him: “If you come back in a year with another drug conviction I think prison will be the likely outcome.”