The founder of Cirque du Soleil says it was all for personal use, but it is unclear if the government of French Polynesia cares. 60-year-old Guy Laliberté is being investigated in conjunction with a drug trafficking case after police saw photos on a man’s cell phone of the billionaire’s alleged marijuana cultivation operation.
The plants are supposedly located on Nukutepipi, Laliberté’s private island, located in the South Pacific in the Tuamotu archipelago. Laliberté’s new company Luna Rogue Entertainment released a statement on Wednesday calling him a “medical cannabis user” whose crop is “for his personal use only.” The company says he is being investigated “for alleged complicity in cultivation, possession and use of cannabis.”
Laliberté has yet to be charged of criminal wrongdoing.
“The disproportionate importance given to this matter, which is generally trivialized for someone in possession of several plants of cannabis for strictly personal use, greatly surprises me,” he said in a personal statement released Wednesday night.
Growing Cannabis for Personal Use is Illegal in French Polynesia
The entertainment mogul turned himself in for questioning on Papeete, the island that serves as the French Polynesian capital. He was detained, held for questioning, and appeared in court on Wednesday