Trinidad and Tobago is preparing for its celebrated carnival season but the police have warned revellers not to openly smoke marijuana even though it has recently been legalised.
Think again about smoking marijuana during a public carnival event this year, the police have warned.
Sgt Orcil Phillip of the Traffic Branch advised against taking a smoke during a fete. "Anyone caught smoking marijuana in a public place will be immediately arrested. Just because a party is private and requires a paid ticket does not make it a private space,” he said.
Electronic cigarettes would also be under scrutiny, as Phillip said that officers would be on the lookout for devices which could facilitate the smoking of the substance on Feb. 24 and 25.
Phillip said the police would keep their eyes pried for "any lighted or heated device, pipe or any other product whether natural or synthetic for the inhalation of a substance in any manner or in any form and includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapour in any manner or any form or the use of any orally used device for the purpose of inhalation of the substance."
He also reminded the public that several police officers manned these events. Philip also urged drivers to be well rested before taking the roads after the events.
"Tired drivers are considered more dangerous than drunk drivers so please pay attention to how tired you are and how you are feeling after these events," he said.