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Marijuana for ‘joint pain’, says Bishop

COURT TODAY BLOCKNot even having arthritis was a good enough reason for having 176 grams of marijuana at her home on Sunday.

Therefore, when Samantha Cindy Theresa Bishop went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday, she pleaded guilty to three offences of possession of cannabis, trafficking and intent to supply, all on August 23.

Bishop resides at Belle Road No. 1, My Lords Hill, St Michael.

The marijuana was found when police conducted a search of her home and found a loose quantity in a container in her bedroom. They also found two transparent bottles with cannabis seeds on top of the refrigerator.

When Bishop was asked by police to give an account for the drug, she said it was hers which she used for “joint pain”.

In addressing the court yesterday, Bishop told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that she began using marijuana earlier this year after a friend recommended it for her arthritis.

“I got them for that purpose,” the 31-year-old explained.

“So if you have arthritis, why didn’t you go to the doctor?” Magistrate Frederick questioned.

“I did go to the doctor,” Bishop responded.

“But he didn’t recommend that though,” the Magistrate countered.

Bishop agreed that he did not. “They were leaves and they were seeds,” she said, “and I did not expect the situation to escalate like that”.

Taking into consideration that it was her first time breaking the law, Magistrate Frederick ordered Bishop to perform 180 hours of community service and return to court on November 13.

3 Responses to Marijuana for ‘joint pain’, says Bishop

  1. Sue Donym August 26, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Yup. I do believe the marijuana had everything to do with her ‘joints’

  2. Mac10 August 26, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Medicinal use marijuana has been cited in the relief of numerous diseases from cancer to MS & yes even arthritis.

    For this woman to be charged is a complete waste of police time & manpower especially as they are 185 officers short. There is serious gun crime in this country currently being underplayed, partly because the police don’t have the manpower to deal with it.

    Cases like this should open the conversation to legalising marijuana especially for the purposes of medicinal benefit.

  3. Sue Donym August 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Well @Mac10, we can have the conversation, but until the law is changed, you’re going to see people charged with the existing offences.

    Do you think that anyone charged in connection with marijuana possession could use this as a defence even when they are not using it for this purpose?

    Let’s also ask whether there are specific strains of marijuana for medical use as opposed to other uses and do we know the differences?

    Can we also take into account that research has shown varying levels and ranges of chemical content, which have varied effects on the brain, nervous system, organs and tissues. Just as other medications have to be distributed and ingested with care, we still have a duty to protect the vulnerable in their use and exposure to any substance. Common salt is widely available but also has damaging effects if used indiscriminately.

    So if we have the conversation, let’s be honest and very open minded to all aspects of the discourse.


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