A St Andrews student has been fined £200 after admitting to harbouring cannabis in his bedroom in St Salvator’s Hall.
Maxx Greenberg, a second-year philosophy and economics student, pleaded guilty to possessing £140 worth of the Class B drug, which he said was for his own use.
Cupar Sheriff Court heard that on 8 March, 2012, a cleaner of St Salvator’s Hall found the drugs in a paper bag on Mr Greenberg’s bed. She alerted a warden who then informed the police.
The court heard that officers had identified the bag’s contents as 28 grams of cannabis resin. Sheriff Charles Macnair described the quantity of drugs found as “substantial.”
Greenberg’s lawyer, Willie McIntyre, argued that the conviction would tarnish the student’s previously un-blemished record.
He said that it would have serious implications for the 19-year old’s future.
The University’s Code of Practice on Student Appeals, Complaints and Discipline categorises “supplying or consuming controlled drugs on University premises” as an act of “gross misconduct.”
It states that acts of this nature may lead to “formal disciplinary procedures.”
Both the University and Mr Greenberg declined to comment on the case.