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The court encouraged 32-year-old Jabbari Trevor Jackson to get some help.

The St. George resident, The Bridgecoat, appeared at No. 5 High Court before Justice Ian Weekes on three counts of drugs; Possession and possession of cannabis with intent to supply and trade in cannabis.

You are poisoning yourself with this crap day in and day out

Jackson was taken into custody during a police operation in the Odessa area of ​​McLean Drive, My Lords Hill, Saint Michael.

According to Sergeant Randolph Boyce, he was driving towards My Lord’s Hill Main Road when he looked in the direction of the police and proceeded to open his windows and rushed to leave the area.

Jackson’s actions aroused the suspicion of the police and they gave chase. Jackson’s car was searched and police found a clear plastic bag, suspected of marijuana, under the driver’s seat.

When asked about the discovery, Jackson admitted, “This is my lawn, I confess it is mine.” Police also found a white handbag under the front passenger seat containing seven sealed packages, six plastic bags and 11 ziplock bags.

Jackson was then arrested and taken to the District A Police Station. Police later obtained a search warrant for his home and found two gray ziplock bags and a black bag with what they suspected was hashish under the kitchen counter.

Sergeant Boyce stated that 97 grams of cannabis, valued at $485 BBD, were found in the car, and 108 grams of cannabis, valued at $540 BBD, were found during a search of Jackson’s home.

The self-employed landscaper asked the chief judge for “a chance,” recalling Jackson that he was first charged with possession in 2013.

When asked by Chief Justice Weekes about the purpose of the drugs, Jackson replied that his foot had nerve damage. Weekes then raised the issue of how many young people in Barbados are addicted to marijuana.

“You’ve had a history of smoking weed, you don’t seem to have any desire to change, and several judges have tried to help you but you go back – smoking weed all the time,” Weekes said.

“The medical marijuana industry doesn’t involve planting trees in the backyard and when they’re ready, they go into your tea. That’s not how it’s going to work. It’s going to be regulated and that means doctors are going to prescribe it.”

He continued, “You’re poisoning yourself with this shit, day in and day out… Wunna can’t find anything constructive to do but drugs all the time.”

The chief justice asserted that the court “can’t do the job of families” but encouraged Jackson to seek help from the probation office or other organizations if he really wanted a change.

Jackson received a suspended three-month prison sentence. He was suspended for 18 months.

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