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Gloucester Cannabis Farmer Goes Free Because Judge Says His Plants Are Rubbish

by | 23rd, August 2010

TO Gloucester Magistrates’ Court, where District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai is looking at photos of Peter Bowkett garden-grown cannabis crop.

Says the judge, originally from India:

“These plants are in a pretty sorry state – there’s not much left of them. Where I come from they (cannabis plants) grow liberally and are not a banned drug.”

Bowkett, of Harrison Way, Lydney, admits to producing cannabis and possessing cannabis and heroin. The weed is five three-foot high cannabis plants behind his garden shed.

Say the busy police, who arrested him and took him to court:

“The defendant then volunteered to hand over a small quantity of cannabis and 2.1 grammes of heroin, with a street value of £210. He said he found the plants in woodland two days earlier and dragged them home. The defendant has previous convictions, the last one being in May of last year for possessing heroin.”

It’s all truly pathetic. And then this from Mohammed Iqbal, defending:

My client is disabled and walks with crutches after being involved in a motorcycle accident some 14 years ago. He was a heroin user in the past but kicked the habit. But he went back onto the drug.”

District Judge Bopa-Rai listens. She considers the condition of the marijuana plants. And she rules out a custodial sentence, “largely due to the condition of the cannabis plants”.

A plant that grows wild and can help a man’s health is banned and lands him in court.  And we’re not just talking about the opiates…

Legalise it.

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