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.
Beadle was stopped for allegedly crossing over a fog line — a claim he disputes.
Beadle was traveling through Mississippi — to explore its music heritage — after having visited in 8-year-old son in Ohio.
He believes he his dreadlocks made him a racial profiling target.
His mother, Tommy Beadle, said Jamaicans sometimes wash in marijuana for therapeutic purposes.
She begged Chapman not to sentence her son to prison.
“Judge, I’m asking for mercy for my son,” she said. “I wouldn’t stand here before you if my son was trafficking in drugs. As a mother, I’m asking you to please don’t lock him up behind bars,” she said, according to the report.