Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Cannabis raffled at $10 a ticket

28 April 2006

It was just another quickfire raffle at work – but the prize wasn't the usual meatpack or frozen chook.

Instead, the winner would take home an ounce of sticky marijuana heads.

And ticket seller Timothy Andrew Murphy's number was up when someone called the police.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, an embarrassed but smiling Murphy (25), of New Plymouth, admitted he was busted selling raffle tickets at his work on April 7.

Judge Louis Bidois asked Murphy if he had lost his job as a result.

Murphy confirmed he had, but said in his defence: "It's been done before."

Judge Bidois said the scheme was doomed to fail, because when Murphy asked people to buy tickets, those who disagreed with drugs were sure to call police.

Police arrived to find Murphy had a book with 40 tickets that he was selling at $10 each – along with the cannabis prize in his pocket.

"That's what happens when you take cannabis. It muddles people's brains," the judge said.

"It just proves the stupidity of those who take drugs."

Murphy, now unemployed, was sentenced to 140 hours' community work for possession of cannabis and offering to sell cannabis, a Class C controlled drug.

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