Community service for man held with weed at rally
The 27-year-old man who was held with marijuana on Sunday afternoon at the National Cannabis Rally in San Fernando has been sentenced to serve 80 hours of community service.
The accused, Makaan Grant, from Maracas, St Joseph, appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.
The State was represented by police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan.
It was alleged that on Sunday, Grant had in his possession 0.6 grammes of marijuana.
He allegedly told police when he was arrested, “Boss…it is just a little smoke.”
Grant plead guilty to the offence.
Chankar, while noting that there were discussions to decriminalise marijuana in this country, as it has been done in other parts of the world, the law in Trinidad and Tobago, as it currently stood, made possession of marijuana illegal.
After further submissions, Grant was sentenced to community service.
This is to be completed by June 30, or Grant could face a conviction and sentencing.
Grant was arrested around 6 pm on Sunday by officers of the Southern Division who were present at the rally to ensure that law and order was maintained.
The man was allegedly seen with a joint and approached by officers, who had a conversation with him, informing him of the offences committed.
Grant was then removed from the scene, and taken to a police vehicle, following which he was transferred to the San Fernando Police Station.
The arrest was observed by many at the rally and led to a brief confrontation.
However, after an exchange of words, the proceedings continued without further incident.