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Divorcee finds solace in weed

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

A MAN who said divorce proceedings led to him turning to marijuana was yesterday warned to find legal ways of dealing with his problems.
A fine was imposed on Luke Charles as he appeared before San Fernando magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds.

The court heard it was around 10.30 p.m. last Monday that Charles was stopped and searched by police officers along the Gasparillo By-Pass Road, Reform.

Police prosecutor Sgt Gordon Maharaj said the officers found a plastic packet with one gramme of marijuana in Charles's front pocket.

Charles, 34, of Gasparillo, told the magistrate that he did not normally smoke but was going through a divorce and was drinking when he decided to use the marijuana.

Hinds told him that his troubles still remained and it was no excuse for using the illegal substance. Charles said that he started smoking in 1996 and stopped after he got a job.

The magistrate reminded him that he was able to stop smoking in the past and he could do it once more. "You have to find legal ways to deal with stress," she said. Charles was fined $500. In default of paying the money in a week, he will serve three months in prison.
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