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FINED: Man claims he uses marijuana for spinal injury

Not the marijuana mentioned in the story

A 31-year-old Lower Estate man who was fined for having 25.8 grams of cannabis has claimed the drugs were used as a medicine for his spinal injury.

Sayied Scatliffe pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug and was fined $1,000 which he has up to three months to pay.

In default of not paying, he will spend one month at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola.

In handing down the sentence recently, Magistrate Shawn Innocent said Scatliffe’s early guilty plea, no previous convictions, along with his physical ‘injuries’ were the mitigating factors that were taken into consideration.

While mitigating on his own behalf, Scatliffe had told the court that he heard about the medicinal powers of marijuana and, as such, decided to see for himself.

“It is a nerve problem … [so] I just try it,” he said.

Magistrate Innocent, however, told him to explore other options such as acupuncture for his ailment, as opposed to drug use.

What the court heard happened

The court heard that on March 1, police executed a search warrant at Scatliffe’s residence and found the drugs.

The drugs were discovered in his bedroom inside a chest of drawers.

When asked about the weed, Scatliffe denied having knowledge of it or who it belonged to.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

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  1. Brad Boynes says:

    Smoked Marijuana is not medicine.

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    • VILander says:

      We thank you for your opinion but it is wrong. People have been using ganja for centuries as medicine before we started to only take european’s view of the world as correct. Smoking eating drinking and rubbing works. But it’s a biblical plant so of course Babylon won’t want us to know it’s value. Now they using it but want to extract their chemicals from it and charge us billions when the raw plant has everything you need in proper balance.

  2. Di Ras says:

    These idiots said they found drugs. You all better wake up and stop locking up people for nonsense.lock up the corrupt Government who robbing the people day by day. Is herbs drugs? Set of Bigly Dummy puppets. More Fyag????

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