British surfer arrested at post office when tempted to collect packet containing 31 KG of cannabis oil.
Sunday, 16 December 2018 18:14
A British man who was arrested in Bali after being found with cannabis oil which he claims he needs for arthritis pain faces up to 15 years in prison.
Pip Holmes, a father-of-two from Cornwall, was one of five foreigners paraded at a news conference last week in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province.
This low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal.Cannabis oil can be beneficial in a variety of ways, from helping promote sleep to boosting appetite and reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
Could get death penalty but will be facing between five and 15 years in prison and is now raising the funds needed for legal representation, which his family say could get him into a rehab facility instead.
A message from Mr Holmes, who has access to a phone, on the crowdfunding site said he had already been moved from a cramped police cell in Bali to a rehabilitation centre and has been helped by messages of support from his family.
As it stands, I don't know if I'm about to spend a few months in a rehabilitation or if I'm about to face five to 15 years in Kerobokan - one of the toughest prisons on earth."Mr Holmes said he had been in Bali for two months before his arrest.
It all went terribly wrong when I was arrested for possession of a tiny amount of THC oil. Stupid much? Yes very very stupid. Right now I feel helpless and very alone," he said.
This is Asia, it's not like the west. I am guilty under Indonesian law of possession of narcotics, there's no denying that.
Even though medicinal THC is something so widely accepted elsewhere and it was such a small amount, I foolishly crossed the line in a very strict country.
The only way now to ensure my sentence is something I will survive is to invest in the right legal representation and rehabilitation."
Doctors have been able to prescribe medicinal cannabis products to patients in the UK since November 1 after the drug was rescheduled.
However, Indonesia has strict drug laws and dozens of convicted smugglers are on death row.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "Our staff are assisting a British man following his arrest in Bali, and are in contact with his family, lawyer and the Indonesian authorities."
Source : https://www.standard.co.uk