Magistrate encourages his drug habit
- Man in court on drug possession charges
- Says marijuana eases burns pain
- Magistrate encourages his drug habit
A MAGISTRATE has encouraged a regular marijuana user to attempt to get his drug usage legalised, because it was the only substance that numbed his pain after his whole body was badly burned.
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Jason Bernard Young, 31, from Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast, appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates' Court yesterday on two drug possession charges after he was found with 2g of marijuana at his home in December.
Young was intoxicated when he fell off a train bridge in 1995 and sustained burns to 95 per cent of his body after he grabbed hold of the electrical wiring above the Bald Hills train station in Brisbane. The court was told Young had tried numerous drugs and pain killers but marijuana was the best substance in stopping his aches and pains.
Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan said his case was a "tragic" one and advised Young to contact his member of Parliament to try to get his drug usage legalised.
"There are very, very few people who cannot get help through normal medication," she said.
"I think you should write to your member of Parliament about this."
Outside court Young said his life was a continuous struggle and he was going to seek help about getting his drug usage legalised.
"I've been on pain killers and sleeping tablets for a long time but in the end it just ruined my body, and with some tablets I put on weight which stretches my skin and it starts tearing," he said.
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"I've found something that fixes it (my pain) but it's illegal.
"I used marijuana four times a day and it pretty much relaxes my muscles and relaxes my body so I can breathe easier. It doesn't take away all the pain but it takes away enough to get me moving and mobile and most of all it helps me sleep."
Young said he was going to contact the Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson about the issue.
He was put on a good behaviour bond for one month.