A SENIOR judge has called for longer sentences to help tackle the increasing problem of cannabis production and use in the county.
Super-strength skunk grown in cannabis factories across the country is causing lasting mental problems for users according to Judge Richard Bray, who has appealed for longer sentences for those caught growing the drug.
He made the plea after revealing he is dealing with an increased number of young people suffering from paralysis following extended drug use.
Judge Bray, who raised his concerns following a series of cannabis cases at Northampton Crown Court last week, said: “The number of cannabis factories is increasing.
“The seriousness of this offence is not reflected in sentences that we are able to pass and I appeal for revised sentencing guidelines from the guideline council.”
Police and health bosses also believe cannabis is an increasing problem in the county, affecting both people’s health as well as their lifestyles.
In a recent case at Northampton Crown Court, Truong Luu, 30, was found guilty of setting up and running a cannabis factory capable of netting thousands of pounds.
He was jailed for four years for producing the Class B drug on a commercial scale in Kettering. He will be deported when his sentence is complete.