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‘Smoking helps my asthma’

COURT TODAY BLOCKRodney Sylvester Babb will have to perform 80 hours of community service after admitting to having cannabis in his possession yesterday.

The 38-year-old general worker of Paradise Road, Spooners Hill, St Michael pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this morning.

When asked by Magistrate Douglas Frederick why he had the drugs, the first-time offender said he used it to deal with his asthma.

“Sir I am sorry about what happened, but every now and again I smoke because I am an asthmatic. Since I started smoking from young, it has really helped my asthma,” he replied.

“Try and stop using the drugs,” the magistrate told Babb before handing down the sentence.

He will have until July 1 to complete the community service.

In giving the facts Sergeant Martin Rock told the court that Babb was riding a bicycle along Collymore Rock, St Michael when police stopped him.

He consented to a search and one gram of cannabis was found in a grease-proof wrapping in his back pocket.

The drugs had a street value of $5.

He was arrested and charged.

5 Responses to ‘Smoking helps my asthma’

  1. Chandler April 8, 2016 at 7:32 am

    The government need to stop arresting people like this young man,because I heard more than one person that suffer, with breathing problems make this same claim,a smart government will investigate this claim in a medical capacity instead of incarnating a person.

  2. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn April 8, 2016 at 9:39 am

    ort ort … Fredericks coming around, slowly but surely.

    not bad… can we reduce all sentences for small amounts to community service period ?

  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small April 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

    The malice incarceration of persons fah small( spilff- 1/4 ounce) amounts of marijuana is one of reasons why NEW prison is ‘almost’ overcrowded and court system is wayyyy backed up. Gud 1st step. Asè.

  4. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister April 8, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Simply put, go support the pharmaceuticals company

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    ‘Smoking helps my asthma’ and you’re breaking the law in Barbados. Before carrying out Community Service, go to the polyclinic and get the earholes attached to the sides of the head syringe.


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