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One last joint: Damaine Mitchell asked the judge if he could use marijuana a final time before attempting to give it up

‘Can I have one last joint?’ Judge shocked after defendant asks for drugs in courtroom
Damiane Mitchell said he couldn’t give up marijuana even as the period he needed to kick the habit for shrank
Eventually he agreed to stop taking the drug for a couple of weeks but only if he could have one last joint

By Rik Sharma

A drug defendant stunned an Ohio court by asking if he could have one more joint while haggling over the period during which he would give up marijuana.

Damaine Mitchell, 19, wanted Hamilton County Common Pleas judge Melba Marsh to allow him a final indulgence before he attempted to refrain from using the drug – but she said no.

He was in court on Wednesday, charged with trafficking in marijuana – Mitchell is accused of selling it on June 12 in the car park of a Westwood shop.

Mitchell made no secret of his love of the drug – when the judge said she would offer him a deal which would stop him going to jail and would erase the crime from his record, in return for him giving up marijuana for a certain time period, he found it tough to accept.

‘That’s going to be hard for me to do, to be honest with you,’ said Mitchell.

The judge told him he had to stop taking the drug until April, when he would be drug tested to see if he had lived up to his end of the bargain.

‘That’s going to be a challenge,’ Mitchell argued. ‘I like smoking weed. I have been smoking weed since I was like 10 years old.’

Marsh then began to shorten the period, asking if Mitchell would stop until Easter, even Valentine’s Day. ‘I won’t want to,’ replied the defendant.

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The bargaining continued – New Years Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving (November 22) were all offered as well, but Mitchell said: ‘If I put my mind to it I can (but) I won’t want to.’

Eventually he agreed to try stopping smoking
the drug but only on one condition.

‘I know this is probably not the right question to ask (but) can I get a little time at least (to) get one more joint in?’ he asked the judge.

Mitchell was told he could not, and the judge ordered him to return to court on Monday after a trespassing charge he has in another court is dealt with.

‘That’s the first time I’ve ever had a request for marijuana while they’re serving time in jail,’ admitted the judge.

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