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I’ll keep smoking: defendant

A 55-year-old Grafton man told Grafton Local Court he was not interested in giving up his habit of smoking cannabis, despite a magistrate's offer to help him quit.

Graham Robert Sharman fronted Grafton Local Court on Monday to answer a charge of possessing a prohibited drug, which police found in his possession on April 12.

Magistrate Denes asked Sharman if he was interested in quitting his smoking habit.

He replied "no" and went on to say he thought it a better option than drinking.

Magistrate Denes explained the benefits of the three-month MERIT program to him and adjourned his case until later in the day so he could discuss it with a counsellor in the court house.

But when his case resumed, Sharman again told the court he was not interested in reforming his habit.

"Cannabis is not a very good substitute for alcohol," the magistrate said.

"This is going to be very expensive for you if you continue to go down this path."

Magistrate Denes fined Sharman $400 and ordered the drugs to be destroyed.


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