Grantham court: Cannabis user tells court ‘this is the last straw’

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A 26-year-old man facing cannabis possession charges vowed he would not do it again, telling magistrates “it’s the last straw”.

Jamie Paddison admitted possession of the Class B drug at his home in Harrowby Lane, Grantham, on July 20 last year.

But his comments came after magistrates learned that another possession offence on Christmas Eve of last year has already been dealt with by the court.

In the earlier incident, officers found an ounce of the drug in a camper van, which Paddison admitted to officers was for his own personal use.

Representing himself, Paddison said: “I did get arrested on Christmas Eve and that was the last straw because of my three-and-a-half tonne licence for driving, you see.”

Magistrate chairman Ian McDonnell said: “We’re not in the ‘it’s OK to smoke cannabis’ brigade because it’s not OK and you have committed this offence.

“Hopefully, you are not committing them anymore.”

Paddison was sentenced to a three-month conditional discharge. Court costs were waived. Mr McDonnell said: “You’ve got to really knuckle down.”