Terry Bennett, a convicted pot dealer from the UK, has been punished by a UK court and sentenced to write a 5000 word essay on the dangers of cannabis, due on the 4th of April.
“It was a shock to be given such an unusual punishment. It’s been ages since I last wrote an essay,” he told UK newspaper The Mirror.
Bennett was originally sentenced to a one year suspended prison sentence and 240 hours of community service, but after injuring his shoulder in a snowboarding accident, he had his sentence changed to a 5000 essay and four months of curfew.
“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,” said Bennett.
He plans to approach it in a different way, arguing the dangers of the illegality of the drug, rather than the danger of the substances it carries.
“Weed often causes more problems because of the social inertia and stigma that surrounds it,” the blooming writer noted. “It would be good if there was no stigma attached to people who want help with weed.”