For the pain

Fields says herb was substitute for prescribed medication

Peter Dacosta Fields told a Bridgetown magistrate that the marijuana police found in his home Tuesday wasn’t intended for sale, only to help him manage the pain he has been dealing with ever since being involved in an accident.

The explanation came after the 58-year-old Bridge Gap, Black Rock, St Michael resident Wednesday pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and possession of a trafficable quantity of cannabis on May 9. The drugs weighed 129 grammes and had an estimated street value of $645.

Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid told the court that a search warrant was executed at Fields’ home yesterday. He was not present but his son-in-law was there.

A plastic bag with cannabis was thrown over a paling while the lawmen were there, and the son-in-law was taken into custody. However, Fields later showed up at the police station and admitted ownership of the illegal drugs.

In court Wednesday, the painter explained that he had sustained a broken hand and torn ligament when he was knocked off a motorcycle in an accident.

He said his doctor had prescribed the painkiller Cataflam, “but you know you can’t take too much”.

Fields further explained that because he did not want to use the drug for an extended period, he went to a “bush doctor” who told him to try marijuana leaves, lemon grass and another herb.

“It was not as good as Cataflam, but because [Cataflam] is not good for the body I continue to use it. It was not to sell,” he insisted.

However, the magistrate told Fields, who is known to the courts, that use of the drug remains illegal in Barbados.

He then imposed a $1,000 fine on the man who must pay the sum in a week’s time. If he fails to do so, he will spend one month in prison.

3 Responses to For the pain

  1. jrsmith May 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I could see how this drug is going to inflame street wars in barbados , as like in many countries………………………

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  2. Sam Clarke May 11, 2017 at 7:15 am

    BE JESUS!!! DON’T THE POLITICIANS AND THE JUDICIARY GET IT???

    WHY MUST THIS HARD WORKING MAN PAY $1000 FOR HI RELIGIOUS AND MEDICAL RIGHT TO USE GANJA.
    THIS GOVERNMENT AND ALL PREVIOUS, CONTINUE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR, BY USING THE COURT SYSTEM AS A REVENUE SOURCE.
    IT IS TIME THAT THE RASTAFARIAN COMMUNITY AND ALL HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVIST TO SPEAK OUT.
    IT IS TIME TO AGITATE, EDUCATE AND ORGANIZE FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF GANJA NOW.

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  3. Ossie Moore May 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Boy ! you better boil some soursee, a little bit o’ fingergrow and some yellow-hawk causin dem bush is fully legal! looking for some gully-root right now!

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