A man who told the court that he used marijuana to treat stroke in his right hand was today sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for the offence.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daniel France of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Principal Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

France, who told the court he is unemployed, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that, on April 13, 2019, at Georgetown, he had in his possession 25 grams of marijuana for the purpose of the trafficking.

France, in his explanation to the court, stated, “I have been living with a stroke to my right hand for the past three years. I does boil the weed and drink it.”

When asked by the magistrate where he gets money from to purchase the marijuana, France stated, “I am out of a job for the past three years and I does beg my family for money. I went to Linden and my uncle give me the weed.”

Facts presented by Prosecutor Seon Blackman stated that, on the day in question, police on mobile patrol saw France acting in a suspicious manner.

A search was then conducted and a quantity of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be marijuana was found in a bag that he was carrying.

When told of the offence he admitted to the crime, hence he was taken to the Brickdam Police Station.

The magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced France to three years in jail and fined him $30,000.


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