Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Man held for smoking ganja while driving

Police said a San Juan man was arrested for driving while smoking marijuana, as well as exposing a child to a dangerous drug. 

According to a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), officers were carrying out a road check exercise in the Laventille area on Thursday when they stopped a man driving a Mitsubishi Lancer. 

Police said officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force saw the driver smoking a lit cigarette of 'unusual length' while a boy was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.

Police said the driver, a 39-year-old man of El Socorro Road, San Juan, was arrested in connection with the offences of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of a dangerous drug namely cannabis and exposing a child to a dangerous drug namely cannabis.

The exercise was carried out between 3.00 pm and 9.00 pm Thursday. 

Under the recent cannabis decriminalisation legislation, citizens are allowed up to 30 grams of marijuana on their person or up to four cannabis plants at home. Citizens are not allowed to smoke or consume marijuana in public spaces or near children, including schools. 

While an adult is allowed the 30 grammes of marijuana, if caught within 500 metres of a school they can be punished with a $50,000 fine or imprisonment, if convicted. 

Investigations are ongoing. 

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