Journalist in court for trafficking, using Marijuana

Human Rights Activist David Wightman on UNZA radio during Lusaka Star program-picture by Tenson Mkhala

Zambian Canadian journalist David Julian Wightman has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for trafficking, manufacturing and using psychotropic substances among other charges.

Julian Wightman, who has been advocating for the legalisation of cannabis, is also charged with inciting members of the public to use narcotic drugs.

According to the indictment, in charge one, Julian Wightman is alleged to have trafficked in 1.336 Kg of Marijuana whilst in count two, he is accused of trafficking in 26.62 grams of Marijuana on July 8 without lawful authority.

In charge three and six, Julian Wightman is accused of carrying out a process used in the manufacture of psychotropic substances namely grinding cannabis and mixing with coconut oil to make it into fine form without lawful authority.

In charge three, Julian Wightman is alleged to have advertised for sale psychotropic substances namely 6.8 grams of Marijuana.

In the fourth charge, he is alleged to have been in possession of instruments or utensils for administering psychotropic substances namely syringes.

In charge five, Julian Wightman is accused of using 6.8 grams of Marijuana.

Julian Wightman is in the seventh and final charge accused of inciting members of the public to use narcotic drugs through a Fabebook Page called NORML ZAMBIA.

Julian Wightman will take plea before Magistrate Greenwell Malumani soon.

         

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