A courtroom reminder - Weed is still illegal
MAGISTRATE Lisa Ramsimair-Hinds yesterday reminded that despite
all the talk regarding the decriminalisation of marijuana, it is still illegal.
Her comment came during the case of Anthony Christopher, 50, whose excuse for having the marijuana was that he was asthmatic.
Christopher had 4.1 grammes of marijuana.
The drug was found in his pocket after he was searched when the car in whichhe was traveling was stopped by the police in Pleasantville.
He told the court he had the marijuana for medicinal purposes.
But the magistrate warned him that it was still an offence to have the illegal substance and he was risking his freedom.
"The fact remains that it is against the law as it is right now ... The police are going to arrest and charge you until the laws change," Ramsumair-Hinds said.
Last month Chief Justice Ivor Archie expressed the view that in order to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system, possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalised.
Christopher, a father of five, admitted to having had a previous conviction last year of a similar nature. Ramsumair-Hinds fined him $1,200. He was given six weeks to pay the money or serve
four months in prison.