Man faces one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and drug trafficking
A man in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) who has maintained his innocence on drug charges after being found with about 58 kilograms of cannabis is scheduled to be back in court later this month.
As for recreational use, possession of as much as 56 grams of weed and consuming cannabis in private has been decriminalized, meaning it will not results in a criminal record, reports GrowerIQ. Public use remains a crime.
If caught with less than 56 grams, a person is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $235, noted the draft bill.
It’s not clear what range of penalties could apply for the two offences the charged man faces, but SearchLight reported this past January that a 25-year-old man who allegedly intended to transport about 100 kilograms of cannabis to Grenada was handed a sentence of one year and three months.
“Saint Vincent and the Grenadines does not have protocols or operating procedures to detect, investigate and dismantle laboratories or facilities for the illicit processing or manufacture of drugs,” notes a report from the Organization of American States.
During his court appearance in Serious Offences Court earlier this week, the man maintained his innocence and was granted bail, although he had to surrender his travel documents. As well, he has been ordered to report to the local police station every Friday.
The man is scheduled to next appear in court on May 31, per Bread Fruit News.
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