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Guyana Power and Light employee gets heavy fine, jail term for marijuana possession

A Guyana Power and Light (GPL) employee was Friday jailed for three years and fined GYD$4.7 million after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of 3 kilogrammes, 143 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Quaison Murray, 34, was convicted by Magistrate Leron Daly, two days after police arrested him at the Square of the Revolution with the marijuana in a car. When the sentence was announced, Murray and several of his relatives in the courtroom wept openly.

Murray, a father of four, begged the court for leniency and said he decided to take a chance because he was experiencing financial difficulties. Murray said he works at the Guyana Power and Light company.

The Magistrate, however, told Murray that he is sensible and must be punished for the offence.

Police Prosecutor, Bharrat Mangru told the court that police got a tip-off and went to the Square of the Revolution and searched the car that Murray was seated in. Mangru said the marijuana was found in a haversack.

  • Emile_Mervin

    I keep asking how you can jail people for a plant made by God?

    Man makes alcohol and cigarettes, which are not only legal, but destroys millions of lives every freaking year. But Marijuana, created and in existence by God, results in massive jail time?

    Time for a more reasonable President and government of Guyana in 2020?

    • rs dasai

      Emile
      A lot of folks think like you.Try ‘revenue’ and damn the population.

      • Emile_Mervin

        The magistrate even had the nerve to tell the guy ‘he was sensible’!!! Magistrates like this one is a waste on the human race, because the law here is an ass and the holes that produced it are assholes. Straight up. Time for a different, more humane regime and more humane magistrates. Bunch of ignoramuses!

    • Col123

      Same concept as that forbidden fruit, in that garden way back in time EM…. since then, there was a penalty on anything forbidden….Tough for anyone to puff that out…. it should be available but “controlled “.

  • Col123

    You said ‘medicinal herb’.. quite correct….It is refined into a scheduled (controlled) drug and should be treated as such. The argument should focus on decriminalization as we work towards it’s medicinal control and use… you wouldn’t want to get into the medical alterations of its misuse….