Hapless drug dealer Dominic Marshall landed himself with a 12 months’ community service sentence and three months supervision. After posting that he is selling drugs on Facebook.
What is interesting is the judge, justice Hilary Manley recognised that Marshall suffered with depression, due to his drug taking.
The judge pointed out in court, and to Marshall that there was a probable link between drug taking and his depression.
A recent paper by the medical journal The Lancet states that there is a 24% increase in first episode psychosis due to smoking skunk marijuana, the type that Marshall was selling.
Marshall advertised on Facebook he was selling a drug called Lemon Haze, a hydroponically grown, genetically enhanced marijuana that is sometimes up to 8 times higher in THC than normal block marijuana. The idea that this drug is harmless, is clearly not the case.
Marshall was only 20 years old, and although reporting on the article is unclear, there’s a good chance that someone like Marshall would have started using skunk in their early teens, it is at this time that the brain has a growth spurt, preparing for adulthood, as well as a normal hormonal alterations and bodily changes. In our early teens, synaptic connections in the brain are made and pruned back. Adding a chemical such as THC in the quantities skunk marijuana offers at this time in life, can have serious effects and psychological well-being.
Although there is no evidence to support that Marshall has a mental health problem, there is a good chance he may have. After all, what rational person would advertise on social media that he is selling an illegal drug.
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