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$5000 fine for ganja possession shocks accused

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A man caught with 40 ganja ‘spliffs’ was shocked on Monday when he was ordered in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s court to pay an additional cost of J$5,000 for the possession of an ounce of ganja.

Omar McGibbon denied dealing in ganja. However, he told the court that he was going to sea and that he needed the ganja to stop his “belly pain”.

"It’s a tonic?" Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser asked.

McGibbon told the court that he heard on a programme that ganja could assist his belly pain.

"How long you’ve been using it," Fraser questioned.

"Since the bike accident, not long, from 2010," McGibbon responded.

"My my, so a the first you a get caught," said Fraser.

McGibbon was ordered to pay a fine of J$100 or serve ten days, plus an additional fine of J$5,000 and give his fingerprint to the police.

Racquel Porter

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