Man fined for cannabis

Kurt Pacquette of Fond Cole has until January 31, 2013 to pay $700 or spend two months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession to supply cannabis.

The police had gone to execute a search warrant at the home of an individual when they ran into Pacquette. He was found to be in possession of the illicit drug, weighing 120 grams.

His lawyer, Darius Jones, in his mitigation plea told the court that although his client pleaded guilty to the charge of “possession with intent to supply” he was “not a professional dealer or grower and had just taken a chance with the drugs.”

”I don’t believe that,” Magistrate Candia Carette-George responded.

Jones told the court that his client was “remorseful and had not wasted the courts time and pleaded guilty from the onset.” He asked the court to be “lenient” on his client who he said was also a “part time farmer” struggling hard to make ends meet in some very hard challenging and difficult times.

Magistrate Carette-George imposed a fine of $700.00 on the charge of possession with intent to supply and no separate fine on the charge of possession.

She reminded Pacquette that cannabis was illegal and told him that he needs to find some form of employment

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18 Comments

  1. Dominican
    December 4, 2012

    People can say they swept THOUSANDS of US$s by accident and keep there jobs, and we sending others to jail when they smoke BUSH, when one smoke he or she harms there own self but when one steals from the STATE they harm US ALL.

  2. Dominican
    December 4, 2012

    DNO wyh was my comment with the links to research removed? your fingers are not enough to count the negatives of ALCOHOL compared to Marijuana HYPOCRITES.

  3. Ericx
    December 4, 2012

    All judges know that alcohol is a bigger problem. But their hands are tied by a stupid anti-marijuana law that the cops use as an easy road to make arrests and jailing of our youth. That’s a problem in itself.

  4. Anon
    December 4, 2012

    Fact: Since California moved to decriminalize Marijuana, youth crime has gone down dramatically. Figure that one out.

  5. Jahsen-jah
    December 3, 2012

    why charge a man when no crime is committed ..y don’t the magistrate employ him ..i don’t know how the system explains crimes where no one is implicated. i feel heart broken every time i hear another young man has to go through the system on weed charges. marijuana laws are as foolish as the idea of charging a man for possession of tomatoes. it just doesn’t make sense and i wud expect a level of sense from the magistrate and our governing policy makers. Marijuana has caused more problems being illegal than if were not.

  6. Anon
    December 2, 2012

    MARIJUANA MUST BE LEGALIZED. You all wasting your time!

  7. John
    December 2, 2012

    Cannabis! Foutey la jol!

  8. wills
    December 2, 2012

    where he finding the employment when all people like u so do is discriminate our young males, where? your father have a plantation for him to work. you all make marijuana look llike the worst thing ever when we come and meet in on jah jah land. come on man chupesss. when u all know certain persons dont have no big boys for them all u press dem harddddd but dont worry, all pigs have their saturday.

    • watch dog
      December 2, 2012

      how could DNO post a comment like this. My god

  9. Goy
    December 1, 2012

    And what was the fine for the man who stole 4 lip gloss?

  10. CRIMINOLOGY
    December 1, 2012

    In my CRIMINOLOGY CLASS We learnt the following:

    Myth : Illegal drug use causes crime.
    Fact : Illegal drug use is not a significant
    cause of crime. Although the effects of some illegal drugs may cause a very small number of violent crimes, the vast majority of drug-related crimes are caused by the drug laws, which make the
    possession, distribution, cultivation,or manufacture of certain drugs a crime.

    The drug laws also cause crime by creating an illegal market in which drug prices are artificially and dramatically increased. This makes it necessary for some drug users, especially addicts, to steal or deal to get money to buy drugs.

    It also contributes to the violence of rival drug dealers seeking to monopolize a market. The illegality of desired drugs also puts otherwise law-abiding people in contact with members of the criminal underworld from whom they can learn criminal skills.

    Ironically, alcohol is the only drug that has been found to cause a significant amount of crime, and alcohol is legal for adults.

    • watch dog
      December 2, 2012

      Have you ever seen someone high on crack or cocaine that not even a bullet could stop him. I know becaue i have seen it. have you seen someone high on meth and the crimes that they have committed. u need to get you facts straight because all what you wrote is a myth. I don’t know what criminology classes you took, but i think you were high on something. fooollllllllllllll

      • CRIMINOLOGY
        December 3, 2012

        @ WATCH DOG
        Why are some of you so idiotic? This is fact. I copied and pasted it from A Criminal Justice TeXt Book. Word for word.

        Why are some of you people so foolish? Go do some more research sir. Before I come on this forum I normally do my research. Unlike some of you who make statements with nothing to back it up

        Its funny how people come here with no facts and act like they know but in fact they dont know shit.

        Sir please read the following and do some more research. You sound very much uneducated.

        You must not have properly read and understood the text that stated Illegal drug use is not a significant cause of crime. Although the effects of some illegal drugs may cause a very small number of violent crimes, the vast majority of drug-related crimes are caused by the drug laws, which make the possession, distribution, cultivation,or manufacture of certain drugs a crime.

        Do you understand what you read? hmmmmm I dont think so…Your comprehension skills are not that good eh.

        Sir the internet is loaded with information. You sound like you are not too bright at all

      • CRIMINOLOGY
        December 3, 2012

        @ Watch Dog. Idiot please read below

        Let me break it down to you in baby terms as apparently you are very slow at picking up.

        So here goes…USING/SMOKING/SNIFFING drugs causes some crime YES…..HOWEVER there is MORE CRIME COMMITTED AS A RESULT OF THE DRUG LAWS that prohibit the use….drug lords killing each other fighting to own the market etc. Rarely are drug-related deaths the result of abuse or misuse of the drugs. Instead, most of the drug-related deaths are directly attributable to the drug laws that prohibit their use.

        Ask yourself a question for the number of persons who have been arrested for drugs was it because they used the drugs and it caused them to commit a crime or was it because they were in possession of the drug? The crime committed was being in POSSESSION. He did not commit the crime because he used it.

        If you still haven’t understood then something is definitely wrong with your cognition. Read man read about the war on drugs!!

        Again I will state. More crimes are being committed as a result of the drug laws not the use. There are still crimes committed as a result of using the drug but more Drug related crimes are for drug use, drug possession, people killing each other as they stole their drugs, they stole the drug money, they kill cause they want to own the market..these are the drug related crimes…

        I hope you understand what RELATED MEANS..u can check your dictionary when you are done.

        SMH…lol lol lol why are people so hard to understand?

        I dont think you did very well at reading comprehension in school

  11. roots
    December 1, 2012

    Go charge the creator,Tebe

  12. Dominican
    November 30, 2012

    I don’t smoke but I think It’s time we get rid of that foolish law the rest of the world is doing so, and beside do some research to find out why that specie of plant was criminalize.

    • watch dog
      December 2, 2012

      keep on smoking foolllllllllll

  13. rescue 911
    November 30, 2012

    charged for cannabis.sent to jail for cannabis.not guilty on murder charges .walk free on manslaughter charges .oh goshhhhhhh

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