Sean Munro, 22, was sentenced to nine months’ incarceration after his second offence on supplying and selling marijuana.
Epilepsy and asthma patient charged on second offence of selling marijuana.
The Press and Journal reports on a young Wick man sent to jail for growing and supplying cannabis. Initially Sean Munro started growing his own medical marijuana because he couldn’t afford to buy it from established dealers. He says he was avoiding the “economic impact”.
Solicitor Mike Burnett stressed it was not as if Munro was running a major county-wide distribution operation.
Sean Munro suffers from epilepsy and asthma. He found that cannabis brought him relief, and says it “worked for him”, compared to prescribed medication. It helped him to sleep and reduced the frequency of seizures.
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Police discovered a small factory
Munro’s flat was raided last year in May. Police seized 1,400 grams of marijuana to the value of at least £12,000. The court was told that a “mini-cannabis factory” had been uncovered.
The police returned five months later only to find that Munro was still supplying the Class B drug. He was then charged. On October 30, last year, police found almost 362 grams of cannabis valued at £6000 in his possession. 1,165 grams of cannabis resin with a value of between £6,620 and £8,275 was also seized.
Munro says his supply business “happened unintentionally” as word got out that he was growing cannabis. He started by responding to friend’s requests and than later started charging them.
Nine months’ jail sentence
After looking at a background report Sheriff Andrew Berry said it appeared Munro had “learned nothing” from the earlier offence, despite being advised by the authorities not to continue using cannabis. He chose not to co-operate, and didn’t keep a seizure diary as was requested by the medical authorities.
Sheriff Berry made it clear that the sentence of nine months’ incarceration for being concerned in the supply of drugs seized in October, was intended to bring home to the accused and fellow suppliers that they are conducting a criminal act, and that it is “not acceptable”.
Reprimanding served no purpose
Munro was reprimanded after his first offence in May, which was considered an exceptionally lenient step by the Sheriff. Munro doesn’t consider himself as a drug dealer, and says it was just an arrangement between him and a group of friends who paid him. However, if one considers the sheer volume of cannabis he was caught with, Munro must have been making a substantial income. He had clearly crossed the line between growing for personal use and running a small black-market business.
There are many anecdotal stories of medical marijuana being used to prevent epileptic seizures with great success. When people overstep the mark and break the law for personal financial gain under the pretense of medicinal use as Munro did, it sets the process of legalization back.