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Hendrix Told Toronto Court He "Outgrew" Drugs

Jimi's Toronto trial started 35 years ago today.
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On May 3, 1969, Jimi Hendrix arrived in Toronto to play the Maple Leaf Gardens when he was detained by customs agents. They discovered a small amount of heroin and hashish in his luggage.

He was arrested, but released on $10,000 bail so he could play his show.

When he took the stage, he said, "I want you to forget about everything that's happening today, tomorrow or yesterday. This is our own little world right here for about an hour and a half, okay?"

“I want you to forget what happened yesterday and tomorrow and today. Tonight we’re going to create a whole new world.”

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“I want you to forget what happened yesterday and tomorrow and today. Tonight we’re going to create a whole new world.”

Read More: 45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Arrested in Toronto | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-arrested-toronto/?trackback=tsmclip

“I want you to forget what happened yesterday and tomorrow and today. Tonight we’re going to create a whole new world.”

Read More: 45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Arrested in Toronto | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-arrested-toronto/?trackback=tsmclip

“I want you to forget what happened yesterday and tomorrow and today. Tonight we’re going to create a whole new world.”

Read More: 45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Arrested in Toronto | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-arrested-toronto/?trackback=tsmclip

At sentencing, he was charged with two counts of illegal possession of narcotics, and the trial was set for December 8, 1969.

Reportedly, Hendrix was convinced he was going to go to prison. Each count carried a sentence of 20 years. 

But 35 years ago today, his defense attorneys argued he had no knowledge of how the drugs came to be in his luggage, stating that fans were always giving him gifts, and with his fear of needles, he had never touched heroin.

Hendrix admitted to smoking cannabis and hashish on occasion, using cocaine twice, and taking LSD five times.

He also relayed to the judge that he was utilizing a lot less, and felt that he had outgrown marijuana and other drugs.

The trial went on for three days and Hendrix was acquitted of the charges against him.

He was quoted in the Toronto Star as saying, "Canada has given me the best Christmas present I ever had."

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