Grantham court: Smokes 10 joints a day for pain relief

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An unemployed man who appeared before magistrates charged with possession of cannabis told the court he smokes 10 joints a day.

Joel Shakespeare, 35, pleaded guilty to possessing three small bags of the class B drug on July 10.

Magistrates heard how police officers were called to the A1 at Great Ponton just after 9.30pm after receiving a report that a car had left the road and gone into a ditch.

When officers arrived they could smell cannabis coming from both the car and from Shakespeare.

They went on to carry out a search and found the drugs, which were then seized.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told the court that Shakespeare told the police during his interview that 
he was a regular cannabis user, smoking 10 joints 
a day.

This was echoed by Shakespeare’s solicitor, who told the court: “He’s a regular user of cannabis because he suffers badly with arthritis as a result of an accident some time ago, and he finds it helps in terms of pain relief and getting sleep.”

After learning that unemployed Shakespeare receives employment support allowance, chair of magistrates Ian McDonnell questioned how he could afford to smoke 10 joints a day.

He went on to order the defendant, of Canterbury Avenue, Nottingham, to pay a £70 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £180 criminal court charge.