Lee David Peters was caught by police after his car had caught fire by a roundabout in Dalton.
Preston Crown Court heard a witness driving past the A595 Elliscales roundabout just after midnight saw a car on fire and the driver approached him for help.
The witness called emergency services and asked for the man to sit in his car until they arrived, the court heard. Peters, 32, then took a shopping bag and bin bag out of the burning car. He asked to be driven somewhere but the driver refused.
Before emergency services arrived, Peters walked off but was approached by police. He then threw a bucket out of one of the bags and ran off, leaving a large quantity of cannabis bush strewn across the carriageway.
He had cannabis on his person and police found sandwich bags containing the drugs when they searched his house, prosecutors said.
The court heard the total cannabis seized was worth up to £4,400.
Peters, of Kirk Flatt in Great Urswick, was sentenced to a 7pm to 7am to curfew for three months. He was told to pay £1,000 costs.