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Custody for man who buys cannabis in bulk to assist autism

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A 21-year-old Haverfordwest man has been sentenced to seven days in custody after police officers found 31 grams of cannabis in his bedside cabinet. 

The discovery was made on March 1 when officers attended the home of Jamie Wilkinson in North Court, Haverfordwest. 

As they entered his bedroom, Wilkinson pointed towards his bedside cabinet. Inside they found 31 grams of cannabis which had an estimated street value of £380 as well as a set of weighing scales and a grinder. 

Crown Prosecutor Kelly Rivers told Haverfordwest magistrates that the defendant told the officers that he uses between two and three grams of the drug on a daily basis, as it helps him deal with his autism. As a result, he buys the drug in bulk to ensure that he always has a supply. 

Wilkinson appeared before magistrates via a video link from HM Swansea Prison where he is currently serving a custodial sentence for a previous assault conviction

He pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing the controlled Class B drug. 

“This is the first time he has ever been inside a prison,” said his solicitor, Mr Tom Lloyd. “But this will be the last. 

“He was terrified of going there, but since he’s been there, he’s been able to address his problem of cannabis use. He’s stopped using it and is having health care within the prison service. He’s looking much healthier now than when he came to the court a few weeks ago. 

“What’s important to him are his family and his dog.” 

After considering the mitigation, magistrates sentenced Jamie Wilkinson to seven days in custody which will run concurrently with his existing sentence. 

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He was also ordered to pay a £154 surcharge. A forfeiture and destruction order was imposed on the cannabis.