Thursday, June 3, 1999 Published at 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK
Hemp-lover in court over pot plants
Free Rob Cannabis has had a licence to grow cannabis since 1993
A campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis has escaped with a conditional discharge after admitting growing the plant in a prize-winning floral display.
The man, who has changed his name by deed poll to Free Rob Cannabis, arrived in court dressed head to toe in home-grown hemp. In some states of America, he said, he could be jailed for smoking his shirt.
When questioned, he said nature owned his plants, but good soil, sun and lots of love had helped them grow.
He also suggested the council should be arrested, for they too were "guilty of cultivating cannabis by watering plants" that had mysteriously found their way into a number of public displays throughout the town.
He has been growing the plant in the UK under licence since 1993.