A U.K. drug dealer found with more than two pounds of marijuana was sentenced to write a 5,000-word essay on the dangers of pot.
Terry Bennett, 32, of Gloucestershire was convicted of possession and intent to distribute cannabis. He admitted to the charges in January.
Bennett, who lives with his mother, was sentenced to 240 hours of unpaid work by Bristol crown court. However he claimed a should injury he sustained snowboarding prevented him from doing service.
Judge Julian Lambert then decided Bennett would, instead, write a 5,000-word essay on the dangers of marijuana and its effects on society. He has until April 4 to turn the essay into parole officers or else he will go to jail.
“I asked the judge if I could write a balanced argument for and against cannabis, but he said that since it’s illegal, I should only write about the bad things," Bennett told the Mirror.
He decided to focus on “the dangers that come about because it is illegal, rather than the nature of weed itself.”
Bennett is a father of two, who dropped out of school at the age of 16.
“I’ve already done a bit of research,” Bennett said. “I’ve got a drugs conviction so for me to take on a more serious role in society, it is imperative that I prove I am clean and steering clear of cannabis, purely because it is illegal.”