‘Marijuana gives me strength’

A 30-year-old man who pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has mitigated that the drug gives him strength when he smokes it.

Before Magistrate Kunda Tantameni was Bartholomew Daka of Lusaka’s Ngwerere area, a painter who was facing one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contraryto  the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence were that on September 13, 2014 in Lusaka Daka did traffic in pychotropic substances namely 2.7grams of marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa, without lawful authority.

Daka said he understood the charge and that the facts were true and correct.

He testified that he smokedmarijuana because it gave him strength when doing his painting work.

Daka said marijuana was found in his house and that he was aware that it was an offence to be found with the drug.

Magistrate Tantameni recorded a plea of guilty and adjourned the matter to September 25, 2014 for facts and sentencing.

Daka was remanded in custody.

And another 30-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking in marijuana explained that he wanted to administer it as medicine in his child’s ear which had a problem.

Before Magistrate Kunda Tantameni was James Mambwe Lungu of Kamwala South who was facing one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the case were that on September 14, 2014 in Lusaka, Lungu did traffic in psychotropic substances namely 4.6 grams of marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.

Lungu said that he understood the charge and that the facts were true and correct.

Lungu said that he has a child with an ear infection problem and that someone told him to put marijuana in the ear.

Lungu said marijuana was found at a car wash in Kabwata where he works.

Magistrate Tantameni recorded a plea of guilty and adjourned the matter to September 25, 2014 for facts and sentencing.

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