Marijuana is legal in some countries, but not Barbados.
This reminder was given by Acting Magistrate Anika Jackson, presiding in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
She made the remarks after 38-year-old Dwayne Hallam Volney of 3rd Avenue Long Gap, Spooners Hill, St Michael had pleaded guilty to having 2.05 grams of the drug worth $10 on January 24, 2019.
Prosecutor, PC Kenmore Philips told the court that on the day of the incident, police were stopping and searching vehicles on John Beckles Drive, St Michael.
They stopped the car in which Volney was a passenger. The car was searched and nothing was found, but when Volney was searched police found a quantity of vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis in one of his pants’ pockets and he admitted ownership.
In his defence, Volney said he had forgotten the drug in his pocket and apologised to the court and “all of Barbados”.
The acting magistrate noted that according to Volney’s conviction card, he had a similar offence in 2014.
She therefore fined the contrite man $350 payable by Monday by 2:30 pm. Failing that he will spend three months in prison.