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Monday, March 5, 2012

Cannabis growers MUST be jailed says top judge as he ignores 'soft' guidelines and imprisons six men

Judge Alan Goldsack defied guidelines..And Done what he is paid for, His job.

A senior judge has ignored ‘soft’ new drugs sentencing guidelines by jailing six men for growing cannabis.

Judge Alan Goldsack criticised regulations that came into force last week and defied the authority of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.

Under the new guidelines, at least four of the six offenders who were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court should probably have been given a community penalty.

Home-grown ‘skunk’ cannabis production is said to have reached ‘epidemic’ proportions in South Yorkshire, the area around the court, and judges there have been routinely jailing even low-level offenders in an effort to clamp down on the industry.

The judges have been following ‘clear and succinct’ guidance given by the Court of Appeal early last year, urging tougher sentences.

However under the new guidelines, the sentence range, if no more than nine plants are involved, goes from a conditional discharge to a medium- level community order.

Even where 28 plants are involved, the sentencing range is from a low-level community order up to 26 weeks in jail.

On Friday Judge Goldsack, the Recorder of Sheffield and the most senior judge sitting at the city’s crown court, sentenced 13 cannabis growers in one hearing. Read More