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HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A Harvard University professor was given a conditional discharge after attempting to smuggle cannabis into Bermuda by hiding it in her underwear.
Mey Akashah, an environmental health professor, pleaded guilty at a magistrates' court in the capital, Hamilton, to importing six grams of cannabis April 27, the Bermuda Sun reported.
The court heard Monday that she flew to Bermuda from Boston on a Delta flight and that a sniffer dog alerted authorities to her. When she was searched, a plastic bag containing the cannabis was found in her underwear.
Akashah told officers the cannabis was prescribed to her by her doctor to treat nausea after a colon operation, the newspaper reported.
She told the court, "I am aware that even though it was medication for me, I know it was illegal in bringing it across. Because of the work that I do, I am aware that transporting illegal substances into an island state is ecologically and socially irresponsible."
She added that she was prescribed the drug in California but lives in Massachusetts, where it is decriminalized.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner sentenced her to a conditional discharge without recording a criminal conviction.