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Ganja fine ridiculously low

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The $500 fine that the justice minister, Mark Golding, says will be charged for possessing small quantities of ganja is ridiculously low and makes no sense to me.

This will cast additional workload and stress on the ramshackle justice system. Has the minister and his colleagues (wasps, not bees) factored in the cost for man-hours (police, lab analysis and other staff) to bring these drug matters to conclusion? How will the police certify without the lab report (I missed it) that it is ganja that the accused has in his possession?

While I embrace the idea of a fine, I think fines must be increased and/or an automatic court cost/processing fees be attached.