Drug Dealer Ordered to Write 5,000-Word Essay
A UK judge sentences a man to write about the "dangers of marijuana," or go to jail.
Terry Bennett at work on his "assignment."
By Chrisanne Grise
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Convicted drug dealer Terry Bennett has a choice: write a 5,000-word essay on the "dangers" of marijuana, or go to jail for a year. The 32-year-old from Gloucestershire, England, was caught with over two pounds of marijuana and admitted possession with intent to supply. He was originally sentenced to 240 hours of community service, but was unable to complete the work because of a snowboarding injury. The judge offered him the essay as an alternative. “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," says Bennett. “I’m just going to write about certain dangers caused by cannabis that people might not necessarily know.” To avoid jail time, he hopes to finish the essay by his April 4th deadline.