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Man who told court he can’t quit smoking bhang jailed

Wednesday January 8 2020

A man smoking bhang.

A man smoking bhang. A man who on January 8, 2020 told a Nyahururu court that he cannot not quit smoking bhang as it was the only thing he inherited from his father has been slapped with a Sh15,000 fine. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

STEVE NJUGUNA
By STEVE NJUGUNA
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A man who told a Nyahururu court that he cannot quit smoking bhang because his father introduced it to him has been slapped with a Sh15,000 fine.

The court on Wednesday ruled that in default, he will serve two months in prison.

Daniel Kamau Njoroge pleaded guilty to being in possession of one roll of bhang when he appeared before Nyahururu Chief Magistrate Judith Wanjala.

While pleading guilty, Njoroge told the court that he was not ready to stop using the drug as it was introduced to him by his late father when he was a child.

SEVERE HEADACHES

“It has become difficult for me to stop using the drug which was introduced to me by my father when I was a child. I suffer severe headaches whenever I stop smoking it,” he said, leaving the court in shock.

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Njoroge was found with 200 milligrams of bhang by police on January 5, 2020 in Kitengo village, Laikipia County.

The court was told that on meeting the police officers who were on patrol that evening, the accused behaved in a manner that made them suspicious.

Upon searching him, they found the bhang on him. The illegal drug was presented in court as evidence.

Smoking of bhang is an issue that affects many youths in Laikipia.