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T&T’s Marijuana Fines: Everything You Need to Know

T&T’s Marijuana Fines: Everything You Need to Know

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By now, we all know that marijuana has been decriminalised in T&T. But are you aware of the penalties associated with the new law? You know what they say; ignorance of the law is no excuse. So here is a summary of everything you need to know.

Possession

Carrying more than 30g but less than 60g of cannabis or more than 5g but less than 10g of cannabis resin has the following penalties:

  • Fixed penalty notice (a ticket) of $2000;
  • If the ticket is not paid, a fine of $50,000 on summary conviction (after a judge-only trial); and
  • If you can’t pay the fine, 30 hours of community service on summary conviction.

Carrying more than 60g but less than 100g of cannabis or more than 10g but less than 14g of cannabis resin has the following penalties:

  • A fine of $75,000 on summary conviction; and
  • If you can’t pay the fine, 50 hours of community service on summary conviction.

If found carrying any more than 60g of cannabis and 10g of resin you can be fined anywhere from $250,000 up to $1M and given 5 to 15 years in prison.

Follow this link to get a basic understanding of the difference between a summary offence and an indictable offence:

https://www.findlaw.com.au/faqs/1188/what-is-the-difference-between-a-summary-and-indic.aspx

Growing

If caught growing more than four (4) cannabis plants, you will face a fine of $250,000 and 5 years in prison on summary conviction. If a magistrate determines that an indictable offence has been committed in relation to the growing of plants,(e.g. murder, rape, or endangering life), you can be fined up to $1M and face 15 years in prison, after a judge and jury trial.

Smoking in Public

Smoking in a public place can land you the following penalties:

  • Fixed penalty notice (a ticket) of $2000;
  • If the ticket is not paid, a fine of $50,000 on summary conviction (after a judge-only trial); and
  • If you can’t pay the fine, 30 hours of community service on summary conviction.

Remember to pay attention to the definitions of “public place” and “smoke” in the law.

Driving Under the Influence

Someone caught driving or operating any heavy machinery, while under the influence of marijuana will face a fine of $250,000 AND 5 years in prison on summary conviction (remember that’s a judge-only trial).

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Professional Negligence

Someone found guilty of professional negligence, malpractice or misconduct, while under the influence of cannabis, can be fined $250,000 AND 5 years in prison on summary conviction. Meaning if your getting high on the job causes others to get injured or lose money, then you’re in big trouble.

Possession Around Children

Anyone carrying cannabis anywhere children are present for education or for attending any sporting or cultural activity can face $250,000 fine AND 5 years in prison on summary conviction.

Additionally, the previous law against trafficking in the Dangerous Drugs Act, (Chapter 11:25) still stands. So carrying small amounts – even 30g or less – in a school zone is defined as ‘trafficking’ and if caught within 500m of a school, you can be charged and fined at least $50,000 on summary conviction and up to $150,000 or 35 years to life in prison on indictment.

And that’s it! Blessings until the next one.

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