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Supreme Court of Cyprus upholds 10-year sentence for man who transported 996 grams of cannabis

Jul 12, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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It is reported to be one of the longest sentences for transporting cannabis that Cyprus has ever handed out.

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One man’s bid to have one of the largest cannabis sentences in Cyprus reduced has failed.

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In 2020, the man was sentenced to eight years and a consecutive sentence of 773 days in prison after being found guilty of transporting 996.8 grams of cannabis and about $1,200, reports Cyprus Mail. 

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The latter penalty was reportedly the result of the man violating the terms of a presidential pardon, which he received after being convicted for other previous crimes.

According to Cyprus Mail, it is one of the largest sentences for transporting cannabis that the country has ever handed out.

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The man also reportedly had two previous convictions for similar crimes and had recently been released from prison at the time of his arrest.

Medical cannabis has been legal in Cyprus since 2017, but advocates argue that it remains almost impossible to access.

Cannabis is a Class B drug in the country of 1.2 million. Personal use has a limit of 30 grams, with anything more than that potentially leading to a trafficking charge punishable for as long as life in prison, per Elias A. Stephanou LLC.

Earlier this year, one man’s creative plan to smuggle cannabis to a prisoner in Cyprus went bust after police became suspicious of the sweet delivery.

Transporting two glasses of frappé and several straws, a closer inspection revealed that the two glasses each contained a package of cannabis wrapped in adhesive tape while the straws contained about 1.2 grams of a white crystalline substance.

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The 30-year-old delivery man was released without charge while the substances underwent scientific examination. The intended recipient, meanwhile, “declared complete ignorance,” the police reported at the time.

In 2019, a man who is believed to have served the longest cannabis-related sentence in U.S. history was released at the age of 84.

The man served 40 years in a Miami prison for his involvement in a cannabis-smuggling operation in the 1970s, in which he reportedly imported over half a million pounds of cannabis into the U.S.

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