A man has been sent to a young offender institution after police discovered cannabis in a safe at his home in Huddersfield while he was already under a suspended sentence.
And the judge who has jailed Marcus Quashie says cannabis “causes psychosis and numerous problems for the user.”
Leeds Crown Court heard Quashie received a six month sentence which was suspended for 12 months in June last year for have a bladed article in a public place.
In April this year he was a passenger who was spoken to by police after he got out of a Renault Clio in Lindley and because of a strong smell of cannabis was searched.
Joe Culley, prosecuting, said two mobile phones with texts suggesting cannabis dealing and £470 in cash was found on him and that led to a search at his home.
In a safe in his bedroom the officers found 41.2 grammes of cannabis, of that 27.6 grammes was loose and the rest was in 12 clear self-seal bags. There was also a box of empty bags and a set of digital scales. The street value of the cannabis was estimated at £470.
The court heard Quashie had admitted to a probation officer being a heavy user of cannabis with a £25 a day habit.
He had not been able to meet that from his part-time job as a waiter and had decided to fund his own use by selling a little.
Mark Brookes, representing Quashie, said what had started as social use had turned into a need for the drug and he had not appreciated the seriousness of what he was doing.
He said probation were willing to work with him and his attitude to the drug if he could be given another chance.
Quashie, 20, of Hollin Terrace, Marsh, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He was sentenced to a total of 11 months in a young offender institution made up of eight months for the current offence and three months from the previously suspended sentence.
Judge Penelope Belcher said having passed the suspended sentence she had made it clear what would happen if he offended during it.
She hoped he now realised the seriousness of his attitude to cannabis which was not just a social use drug.
“There is ample evidence the long term use causes psychosis and numerous problems for the user,” she said. “It may not have same obvious immediate problems of cocaine and heroin but undoubtedly has serious implications.”