Friday, 27 December 2019
Top 10 questions on T&T Marijuana Laws
1. Q: How heavy is 30g of marijuana?
30g is approximately equivalent to three (3) regular alkaline AAA batteries.
2. Q: If I live at an apartment building/complex, can I smoke there legally - is this considered a public or private place?
Inside of your apartment will be considered private; however, hallways, parking lots, stairwells and lobbies of apartment buildings are all considered public places. Note, however, that landlords can ban the use of marijuana anywhere on the premises.
3. Q: Can I share my marijuana with my friends or other people?
Absolutely not. Sharing without a license can be considered “distribution” leading to “drug trafficking,” which may result in a fine of 3 million dollars, or life imprisonment for large amounts.
4. Q: Where can I buy marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago?
In Trinidad and Tobago, it is illegal to sell or purchase marijuana unless the seller has a license and the buyer has a prescription.
5. Q: What’s the difference between cannabis and cannabis resin?
Cannabis is the combination of dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant; whereas cannabis resin is the sticky residue on cannabis plants. Female plants are grown and harvested for their resin, which is rich in THC and therefore considered the most valuable part of the plant.
6. Q: Is it legal to consume “weed brownies”?
So here’s the technicality… to be charged with the possession of marijuana above the legal limit, the marijuana must be weighed, which becomes IMPOSSIBLE if it is baked or cooked into an edible. Unlike other countries where the possession of edibles is specified, it is not the case in Trinidad & Tobago’s Dangerous Drugs Act.
With regards to the person selling these items, there is a far-fetched possibility that section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act can be applied, but the prosecution would be required to prove that a person who sells to a willing buyer did so with the intention to “injure, aggrieve or annoy,” which, in my view, is fully negated by the willing intention of both parties.
7. Q: Can I smoke inside my vehicle with the windows up?
You can smoke inside your vehicle as long as you are not on a public road, public space or private space legally accessible to the public.
8. Q: Why does the law only allow the growing of male marijuana plants… what’s the difference with the female plant?
Technically, the male marijuana plants made legal in Trinidad and Tobago do not produce the “ingredients” for cannabis – these are found in the female marijuana plants, which are illegal. Male marijuana plants are mainly useful for making edibles and juices, creating hemp fibre for cloth and of course, breeding the more desirous female plants.
9. Q: Is Marijuana a gateway drug?
With many things, one can find arguments supporting either side, but there is more research evidence to prove that marijuana is not a gateway drug… and that the real gateway to drugs is actually 100% legal.
10. Q: This is ridiculous… what next - legalization of cocaine and heroin?