Model Citizen Arrested in Caribbean for Traveling with Ganja

Charged under her legal name; Jelena Noura Hadid, model Gigi Hadid was arrested in the Cayman Islands after customs agents found cannabis in her luggage. Hadid and her friend landed on July 10 and we’re charged, but not held. The pair appeared in court on July 12th and pleaded guilty to the charges of importing a controlled substance and paraphernalia used for the consumption of ganja products. They were fined more than USD $1,200, with no conviction recorded, according to authorities.

“All’s well that ends well,” Hadid posted Tuesday on Instagram, along with a photo of her and a friend at the beach.

A representative told The Associated Press that Hadid had bought the marijuana legally in New York City with a medical license, and that her record remains clear.

“The Cayman Islands legalized medical marijuana in May 2017, but recreational use remains illegal. Local laws dictate a prison sentence of up to a year and/or a fine for possession of up to 12 grams of marijuana for a first offense.” Reports the Associated Press.’s view:

This shows the need for a ganja tourism industry to be established. Regional laws should reflect regional identities and sentiments. We will have a report on the cannabis industry developments in the Cayman Islands in the Fall issue of the Quarterly Magazine

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