Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Jail Term Will Force Offender to Rethink Drug Addiction

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Jail Term Will Force Offender to Rethink Drug Addiction

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Byline: Peter Hardwick peterh@thechronicle.com.au

DANIEL James Wells said he smoked marijuana to help him sleep, now he will have to find another sedative after being jailed for continuing to use the drug.

Wells, 20, told his probation officer that he realised he should stop smoking the drug "but he enjoys smoking marijuana and doesn't want to quit", Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Placed on 18 months probation by the same court last August when he agreed to rehabilitate and stop using the drug, Wells had four times returned a dirty urine sample for marijuana and failed to attend a number of appointments at drug rehabilitation courses.

A Corrective Services officer told the court Wells' response to the order had been unsatisfactory and the department recommended that the order be revoked and Wells be resentenced for the original offences of possessing 3.7g of marijuana and a water pipe for smoking it.

His solicitor Caitlyn Natalia said her client instructed that he had been working a night shift and used marijuana to help him sleep. …

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