Gigi Hadid and a friend were recently arrested and fined for marijuana possession in the Cayman Islands, as reported by a local news outlet.
Supermodel Hadid and her friend Leah McCarthy faced trouble at the Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman. During luggage inspection, authorities found a small quantity of marijuana, resulting in their arrest. The charges include importing ganja and possessing utensils for its consumption. Both were later released on bail.
The two pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,000 on July 12.
Gigi Hadid's spokesperson cleared the air in a statement to Vanity Fair. According to the statement, Gigi had legally purchased marijuana in NYC with a medical license and it was also legal for medical use in Grand Cayman. Despite this, Gigi's record remains spotless and she had a great time on the island.
Medical marijuana is legally available in Grand Cayman, offering potential relief for those in need. However, it's important to note that transporting marijuana in or out of the territory, even with a prescription, is strictly prohibited.
Instances like these are not uncommon in the celebrity world. For example, American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was arrested in 2010 when six ounces of marijuana was found on his tour bus at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Similarly, actor Armie Hammer was arrested for marijuana possession at the same checkpoint a year later. Who could forget the Brittney Griner case, when she was arrested in Russia for possession of a THC vape pen.
These incidents underscore the importance of understanding not just the laws of the land where one resides, but also the laws that govern other places one might visit. They highlight the fact that legal ramifications can extend far beyond one's home country, serving as a stark reminder of the challenges that come with the legalization and normalization of controlled substances like marijuana.