Jamaican musician sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing legally-obtained marijuana

A Jamaican-born musician was sentenced to eight years in prison without parole for transporting marijuana he says he obtained legally.

Patrick Beadle, 46, was sentenced Wednesday by Madison County Circuit Judge William Chapman after a jury in July convicted him of drug trafficking, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported.

He had 2.89 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle when he was stopped by a Madison County deputy in March 2017.

Beadle, who has a medical marijuana card, said he obtained the marijuana in Oregon, where medical marijuana was legalized in 1998.

He says he uses the drug to treat chronic pain in both knees where his cartilage is worn down after years of competitive basketball.

Recreational marijuana was approved in Oregon in 2014.

The musician, known as BlackFire, had no large sums of money, measuring scale or other drug paraphernalia that would suggest he was a drug trafficker on him when he was arrested, according to the report.


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