Drugs will destroy your life – Judge to man caught with marijauna

A Fond Cole man was sentence to pay the court $450 after he was caught by police with 30 grams of marijuana.

Stephen Joseph, 20, appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis today at the Roseau Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

According to the facts of the case, police was on mobile patrol in Fond Cole when they spotted the defendant and others sitting on a step.

Officers approached Joseph and informed him that they suspected him of being in possession of an illegal substance.

When he was searched a clear plastic bag and brown paper bag was found in his left front pocket.

During the mitigation, the defendant told the court he bought the substance to smoke and not to sell.

In handing down the sentence magistrate Ossie Lewis considered that the defendant had no previous convictions and did not waste the court time in pleading guilty.

“Now is a fitting time for me to tell you to stop the habit because drugs will destroy your life,” said Magistrate Lewis in handing down the sentence.

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21 Comments

  1. #OnMyMeDz
    March 28, 2012

    i read this person’s comment…smh and still laugh..weed dont need to be legal but atleast dicriminalized to an extent..it seems like that magistrate need to go n research rather than stating an opinion which has poisoned alot of individual minds..in a neighbourhood with smokers and drinkers who would you most likely hear to be in a conflict?…you rather hav shelves run out off liquor rather than allow somebody to smoke a spliff or to have tree in their yrd for personal use and not intent to supply..i was actually readin an article online the other day stating that sum lil kid was being treated with marijuana oil for sum tumor and yet you cannot understand THAT IS THE HEALING OF THE NATION…be wise open up ur eyes and see the economic growth that would not only bring locally but globally…u kno wat i sayin…?

  2. Jayson
    March 28, 2012

    DNO…How about a poll on the legalization of cannabis?

  3. most known unknown
    February 3, 2012

    alot of people bias when it comes to marijuana in dominica….paracetamol doh legal nuh…take 30 of dem…them pain supressors allu selling for people da destroying them in the long run dem ting for for allu to takle…ws reading sum info on this site earlier in reguards to a police officer claiming da howmuch test ws run and weed was proven to destroy your life..who ran these test…i hope u kno u doh need subjects to be police dont try to force anything down people throat n mind without full proof…coming back to wa d magistrate say drugs will destroy your life but at the same time all u wnt dem to legalize bulling in allu moda boomboom..now tell me…with a mentality like that..u can never generate nothing positive from the ghetto…right now people getting smart…alot of shit online line so nt even moomoo u will be able to fool how you want

  4. KING SHATOO
    May 23, 2011

    GO EASY ON THE WEED GO HARD ON THE MURDER RAPIST AND YOUNG DOUGLAS LAWYER YOU NEED TOO TAKE IT IS WHEN YOU FINISH U WANT PEOPLE TO SUPPORT U WHEN THEY GET RID OF U HA GOOD FOR U STOP PRESSING THE GETTO PLEASE THEY DONT HAVE MONEY TO PAY FORA LITTLE JOINT WHATY ABOUT THEM POLICE CHILDREN THAT SMOKING TOO ,,, MARIJEAN DONT CAUSE NO ONE HAM STOP HURT THEM FOR IT…

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2012

      This actually makes me really sad. Sure it’s not heroine or meth, but just let me tell you something. That is where it starts. Maybe one day you will get it through your mind based on mistakes and struggles. I can tell you my whole life struggle and when I was twelve, do you want to know the first drug I tried? Well it was Cannabis. I promised myself that would be all I would do. A few years later it went all the way to Crank. That is no where near the worst of it. The truth is I can tell you all day how bad drugs are but until you experience the pain and suffering yourself you will never know. -R.S.P Age 16

  5. Protective.....Law..
    May 22, 2011

    I am a law man..but when u have a crisis like what is going on right now in the world today with the no jobs and high bills,i see no reason for picking at the ones that has no other way off income,but trying what they know,that’s better than robbing, killing or just hating life and taking your own..officers have to do their job but create better ways to help the unemployed of Dominica than charging them a fine .now tell me how is he going to pay that fine,probation would have been better..that’s what i think..

  6. outrage
    May 22, 2011

    you know i see plenty of those white residents buying and smoking de marijuana in de market, but i never see dem getting court, or being stop by police, dem police should tehy should get to market on a friday morning man. and stop everyone not just black dominican

  7. Dominican in T.O
    May 21, 2011

    Ganja is not a drug,,,GOD is not the creater of drugs, man is the creator of drugs…Ganja is the herb of wisdom that grew on king Soloman’s grave…Get your facts straight magistrate Ossie Lewis…

    • INTERPOL
      May 22, 2011

      i like that statment

  8. praise HIM
    May 21, 2011

    ONE OF THESE DAYS YOU GONNA HEAR A VOICE SAY COME, WHERE YOU GONNA RUN TO. RUNNING PLENTY WOMEN ALSO DSTORY LIFE. Mr.JUDGE.

  9. tellthetruth
    May 21, 2011

    The police in America use marijuana arrests to give young black men crimal records. so when theyre older and more serious they cant get jobs or hold political office. Marijuana use or possesion in public should incur a ticket, same with public drunkeness. it should not go on your record as a criminal offence. people dont die or generaly get hurt from smoking. its alcahol that killing people everyday. even cell phones killing more people than mary jane ever did, which is 0.

  10. Neutral
    May 20, 2011

    I am a law enforcement officer I don’t use marijuana, but i have a hard time calling it a drug like the magistrate.

  11. hopefull
    May 20, 2011

    as dere is no work in this place dere wat u want me to do for money when i have my bills to pay stupsss

  12. friend of his mom
    May 20, 2011

    smokin weed isn’t healthy,but if one feel to do so plz try to do it away fr public!……trust me,it’s better so

  13. crooked ones
    May 20, 2011

    The rastas must stop promoting smoking,as this does not serve any spiritual purpose that they want to proclaim,this is a myth.The god they claim to worship is a man,the true and living GOD is a spirit being,no one has seen GOD,that’s why he asked to be worshipped in spirit.

    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2011

      Was Jesus Christ a man or a Spirit???

  14. texas boy
    May 20, 2011

    The media has a mix conclusion on the use of marijuana, of course we know that according to the laws on the books it is a controlled substance, but we also know that there are other controlled substances that are equally dangerous to one’s health. The judge in this case have to litigate, the defendant has to comply until the region adopt the lifestyle of the netherlands.

  15. shatta
    May 20, 2011

    Marijuana don’t hve no negative effect,go solve real crimes

    • tellthetruth
      May 21, 2011

      i concur. nobody in the history of the world ever died from smoking mary jane. u not violent when u smoke u happy n relax or ideas flow into your mind. its best to smoke in private because at least you wont be paranoid. is not mary jane that make the smoker paranoid, its their circumstance. Alcahol is a thousand times worst than mary jane will ever be. remember not one recorded death from smoking but drinking kills thousands every day all over the world. Also a man smoking weed will not beat his wife but a drinker certainly would.

  16. thank god
    May 20, 2011

    young people want to get rich fast
    they don’t know the word patience anymore
    GOD HELP THEM

    • Piper
      May 20, 2011

      What does that have to do with a person caught with 30 grams of marijuana. Don’t make it sound like he had 30 kilograms.

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