Supermodel Gigi Hadid found herself in a legal predicament when she arrived in the Cayman Islands for a girls’ trip. Customs & Border Control agents discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her luggage during a routine inspection at Owen Roberts International Airport. As a result, she was arrested, fined $1,000, and subsequently released.
Reports indicate that the quantities of marijuana and related items found were relatively small, suggesting they were for personal use. However, regardless of the intended purpose, importing or exporting cannabis is strictly illegal in the Cayman Islands, irrespective of its legal status in other countries.
In response to the incident, Gigi Hadid’s representative clarified that she had been traveling with marijuana that was legally purchased in New York City, accompanied by a medical license. The representative also stated that medical use of cannabis has been legal in Grand Cayman since 2017.
While recreational use of cannabis remains prohibited in the Cayman Islands, the use of cannabis extracts and traces of the plant for therapeutic and medical purposes is allowed when prescribed by a licensed doctor.
Gigi Hadid is not the first public figure to face legal consequences for traveling with marijuana, highlighting the complexities surrounding the varying laws and regulations across different jurisdictions.
Following the news of her arrest becoming public, Gigi took to Instagram to address the incident indirectly. She shared a collection of photos from the rest of her vacation and captioned it with, “All’s well that ends well🌅,” perhaps implying that she had moved past the unfortunate situation and continued to enjoy her time on the island