A government employee held with more than 100 grams of marijuana has told the court he needs the drug to ‘meditate’.
Adrian Blackman, an information technology technician, answered to three charges when he appeared before Magistrate Giselle Jackman-Lumy on Monday.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug, operating a vehicle without a license, and two counts of a ‘prohibition of tint’ charge.
The court heard that Blackman – who was found travelling with an expired driver’s license and illegally tinted vehicle windows – was implicated during a police traffic stop on August 24, last year.
Police also found 141.8 grams of marijuana during a subsequent search of Blackman’s vehicle, the court heard.
He claims the drugs were to assist him to unwind.
“I just work hard. I need it to keep me going on my meditation,” the offender told the court.
Blackman also said, despite his run-in with the law, he still uses the controlled drug, but to a lesser extent.
“I’m trying,” he claims.
Magistrate Jackman-Lumy subsequently ordered him to seek drug counselling and granted signed bail in the sum of $50,000.
Blackman is to return to the court on August 31.
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