A 27-year-old man was, last Wednesday, given an EC$250 reminder that notwithstanding what he might be hearing, possession of marijuana is still illegal in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Well, it is 17 grammes but it’s the law,” Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett told Osei Williams at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court.
“Never mind all the talk you are hearing. It’s the law,” Burnett said and fined the man EC$250 for possession of the illegal drug.
Williams had pleaded guilty to the charge and had asked to be allowed to pay a fine.
He was arrested in Rose Place, on July 7, when Detective Sergeant Phillips and Detective Constable Cromwell were on foot patrol in plain clothes.
The police sergeant had requested a search of Williams’ person, to which he consented.
The marijuana was found individually packaged in small Ziploc bags in a large transparent bag in the man’s right front pocket.When cautioned, he told the police officer, “Them ah small spliff for me smoke.