Wednesday, July 27, 2005

man gets 15 years for two joints in philippines as 'reefer madness' continues to rage worldwide.

A Philippines court in Cebu City has sentenced Emilion Lapay Jr. a local man, to 15 years in prison for possessing just two joints, according to a report in the local newspaper the Cebu Freeman.

After a trial in which the only evidence was the word of two police officers, Judge Ingles ruled Lapay was "guilty beyond reasonable doubt," and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. But in a magnanimous gesture, the judge left open the possibility he could be free in only 12 years.

The draconian sentence is just the latest indicator that the Philippines "remains mired in an on-going, full-blown anti-drug frenzy" according to

People caught in the Philippines with more than 500 grams of cannabis (a little more than one pound) face a possible death sentence, while possession of as little as five grams is punishable by life. Small time offenders possessing less than five grams face 12 years.

Meanwhile China has launched a 'Peoples War' against drugs. This can only mean one thing; more executions for cannabis. Last year China celebrated the UN 'International Day Against Drugs' (28 June) by executing 231 people found guilty of drug trafficking.

In the United States, home of reefer madness, and private prisons profiting from the prohibition of cannabis, there are over 600,000 people in prison just for marijuana related offences. In Sweden you can be arrested by police just for looking like you might be a cannabis user.

Unfortunately, 'reefer madness' is still alive and well and raging world wide. The virus, which effects the brain and can be spread by the written word, is at large in Britain too judging by the recent outpourings of some of the British press who are known carriers of the mental disorder, which has been tragically known to strike down politicians in their prime, for example Ann Widdecombe.

Know about a crazy bust or a choice example of reefer madness? 'News of the Weed' wants them now. Every one we use gets a free copy of 'Council Flat Paradise' the guide to growing weed in a council flat.


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