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Marijuana Wedding: Dad Grows Pot To Pay For Daughter's Wedding

01/25/2013 05:44 pm ET

It's true that some fathers will do anything to make their daughters happy -- just ask one British man who started growing marijuana to pay for his daughter's wedding.

Local newspaper The Spenborough Guardian reported Friday that respected builder Wayne Longley was plagued by financial problems caused by the economic recession. Yet, he felt pressured to pay for his daughter's wedding in Jamaica later this year, so he began growing marijuana under his garage and intended to sell it.

In August 2011, police discovered a hidden room under Longley's garage where 31 cannabis plants were growing (valued at about $25,000). He had also been using about $7,900 worth of electricity illegally to grow the plants.

Longley pleaded guilty to producing marijuana and extracting electricity, and destroyed the garage. His family testified that Longley's daughter would be "tremendously affected" if he were unable to attend her wedding. But according to the Spenborough Guardian, Longley will not be able to get a visa to travel to Jamaica -- he was sentenced to 150 hours of community service and 18 months in prison (only if he violates the terms of his two-year probation).

Don't worry, dads -- you are NOT expected to grow pot to earn the cash for your daughter's weddings. HuffPost blogger Maria Lin offers the dos and don'ts of paying for your child's wedding here.

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