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Old June 20th, 2015, 06:27 PM
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Recreational Drug Use On Cruises
When you are on a ship, you are under the laws of the country the ship is registered in. In the passenger contract you signed, the cruise line’s zero drug tolerance is included. If you are found with drugs, you will most likely be escorted off the ship at the next port. Recently, a number of cruise passengers may have wished for that treatment.
Ships calling on their flag countries of Bermuda and the Bahamas are routinely visited by drug sniff...ing dogs. The laws of those countries allow them to board the ship, and inspect for drugs without warrants. If a dog alerts a stateroom, the police have probable cause to search. Since you are not the owner of the ship, your presence is not required during the search. Additional, the ship officers are required by law to report any suspicious activity suspected of being drug related. Ship policies require room stewards to also report suspected drug use. If you are reported, not only will your room be subject to search, you will be taken in for questioning.
In both Bermuda and the Bahamas, if the amount of drugs found in your possession are in small quantities, you will likely be arraigned the same day, plead guilty, pay your fine, and return to the ship. The fine in the Bahamas is $500 per charge. In Bermuda, the fine depends on the type of drug, but commonly ranges from $800 to $4000.
A final note on your conviction. The US Consulate is required to be notified of your international arrest and/or your conviction. Expect to be detained and interviewed by Customs and Border Control when you arrive back in the United States.
Recently in Bermuda, a woman was arrested for having marijuana locked inside her in-room safe. She presented a medical certificate and prescription stating it was for pain relief. The judge stated that marijuana was not an accepted medical treatment and she was fined $1,000. In 2011, a man from Massachusetts, where marijuana is legal, was arrested with 29 grams of Marijuana. He explained that he took it on advice from his doctor to relieve pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. He said the quantity was high due to it’s poor quality and the 2-week length of the cruise. The judge found him guilty, and gave him the minimal consequence of 10 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.
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Old June 21st, 2015, 04:14 PM
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1. You could end up in a foreign prison...unless it's norway I'd suggest avoiding it lol.
2. Transporting it across state lines to get to the ship could lead to prison in the US.
3. Being put off the ship in a random port you have to pay for all expenses to get home and miss out on your vacation.
4. Likely would get banned from the cruise line and potentially all it's subsidiaries(Carnival owns 10 lines).
5. If your arrested off ship without your passport you'd have to call the state department for a new one, that should be a fun conversation
6. If your passport is flagged for drugs offenses enjoy the cavity search in customs when returning to the US.

All that said I have imbibed on a cruise vacation but I did so legally. We stopped in Amsterdam and dumped what wasn't smoked in the terminal trash can before boarding at the end of the day.
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A good cautionary tale, also don't expect that weed will be legal in a Dutch possession.

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He said the quantity was high due to itís poor quality and the 2-week length of the cruise. The judge found him guilty, and gave him the minimal consequence of 10 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.
I'm not sure I'd buy the "poor quality" argument. Medical marijuana is usually of sufficient quality.
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