25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Classical Grass · Categories: Read Online

A Gisborne man played classical music to his cannabis plants to encourage the crop to flourish.

Police uncovered the sophisticated growing operation with the potential to earn $500,000 annually late last year.

Verdun Sturgus Kemp, 21, controlled the lighting, temperature and ventilation to grow 287 cannabis plants in his spare room, the police summary said.

A radio was set up to play classical music to the plants, Detective Sergeant Wayne Beattie said.

Kemp told him the plants responded better to classical music.

He also kept rubbish bins of plant nutrients in the bathroom and measured the acidity of the liquid to make sure it was at its optimum level.

At the Gisborne District Court yesterday Kemp pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis. He was jailed for two years and one month.

Beattie told Fairfax Media it was a “well-orchestrated growing operation”.

RTWT

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