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article imageConvicted UK drug dealer ordered to write essay on dangers of pot

By Anne Sewell     Mar 31, 2013 in Odd News
Cold Ashton - Terry Bennett was caught with over two pounds of marijuana and convicted of possession with intent to supply. He was sentenced to 240 hours community service, but could not complete the work. The judge came up with another solution.
32-year-old Bennett from Cold Ashton, Gloucestershire, England, was unable to complete the community service, due to a shoulder injury in a snowboarding accident.
The judge decided that he could, instead, write a 5,000-word essay on the "dangers" of marijuana, or go to jail for a year.
Bennett said, “I asked the judge if I could write a balanced argument for and against cannabis, but he said that since it’s illegal, I should only write about the bad things," says Bennett. “I’m just going to write about certain dangers caused by cannabis that people might not necessarily know.”
While Bennett has not written an essay in "ages", he hopes to complete the assignment by the April 4th deadline to avoid jail time.
However, he has chosen to interpret "dangers of marijuana" in his own way. "I'm going to approach it from a different angle, writing about the dangers that come about because it is illegal, rather than the nature of weed itself," he says. "Weed often causes more problems because of the social inertia and stigma that surrounds it."
The focus will be on how cannabis causes psychosis, its cost to the Government and how it can be mixed with glass by dealers. Bennett says, “I’ve already done a bit of research.”
Bennett has, in addition to the essay, been ordered to abide by a four-month, 8 pm curfew, together with drug testing, which he says could actually prove useful to him.
"I've got a drugs conviction so for me to take on a more serious role in society it is imperative that I prove I am clean and steering clear of cannabis," he says, adding: "purely because it is illegal.”
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