A drug defendant stunned an Ohio court by asking if he could have one more joint while haggling over the period during which he would give up marijuana.
19 year old Damaine Mitchell wanted Hamilton County Common Pleas judge Melba Marsh to allow him a final indulgence before he attempted to refrain from using the drug – but she said no. He was in court on Wednesday, charged with trafficking in marijuana.
Mitchell made no secret of his love of the drug – when the judge said she would offer him a deal which would stop him going to jail and would erase the crime from his record, in return for him giving up marijuana for a certain time period, he found it tough to accept. ‘That’s going to be hard for me to do, to be honest with you,’ said Mitchell.
The judge told him he had to stop smoking weed until April, when he would be drug tested to see if he had lived up to his end of the bargain.
‘That’s going to be a challenge,’ Mitchell argued. ‘I like smoking weed. I have been smoking weed since I was like 10 years old.’ Marsh then began to shorten the period, asking if Mitchell would stop until Easter, even Valentine’s Day. ‘I won’t want to,’ replied the defendant.
The bargaining continued – New Years Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving (November 22) were all offered as well, but Mitchell said: ‘If I put my mind to it I can (but) I won’t want to.’ Eventually he agreed to try stopping smoking the drug but only on one condition.
‘I know this is probably not the right question to ask (but) can I get a little time at least (to) get one more joint in?’ he asked the judge.
Mitchell was told he could not, and the judge ordered him to return to court on Monday after a trespassing charge he has in another court is dealt with.
‘That’s the first time I’ve ever had a request for marijuana while they’re serving time in jail,’ admitted the judge.
Guess you can’t blame a brutha for asking…lol!