Hannah Ferrier |Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/ NBCU Photo Bank
Confusion about maritime law and the medication Ferrier had on the boat dogged season 5 of the show. Viewers pointed out that other crew members took medication like pain killers while on the show and they weren’t fired.
Bosun Malia White snapped a photo of Ferrier’s valium, pen, and passport holder. She sent the photo to Captain Sandy Yawn. Ferrier was fired after Yawn said she didn’t feel safe going to sea with Ferrier.
During the episode when she was fired, Ferrier tweeted that she had a CBD pen, which was legal. “I like Malia’s arranging skills. So that’s prescribed Valium, CBD (which is legal in Spain), a lighter (not sure what this has to do with anything) and my passport holder… And for anyone who’s interested the prescription is on the other side of the box as shown…”
Was it CBD or THC?
Cohen’s team did some digging into the origins of the pen that was featured in the photo. “So Hannah you were saying that it was a CBD pen, right?” Cohen said during part 1 of the reunion. Ferrier confirmed that she had a CBD pen. “The cartridge was CBD, yeah,” she said to Cohen.
“So the vape pen manufacturer has verified that the vape pen in the photo is not a CBD pen,” he said. “It’s a THC pen.” Cameras showed a comparison between the two pens.
“The vape pen matches the THC pen and not their CBD pen,” Cohen continued. Ferrier sits back looking annoyed and groans. Ferrier did not have a chance to answer or respond to the inquiry. The second part of the reunion airs on Monday, Oct. 26.
Illegal drugs could mean jail for Captain Sandy
Marijuana on board the vessel could mean serious trouble for Yawn. While recreational marijuana use may be legal in certain states, it could possibly be illegal in other countries. First mate Paget Berry from Below Deck Sailing Yacht explained the serious nature of illegal drugs on a yacht to Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
“If any sort of substances or anything illegal is found onboard a boat, the captain can go to jail, his license, the crew, we could lose our licenses,” he explained in May. “The boat gets impounded. It’s not funny.” The Below Deck Sailing Yacht crew suspected a guest had drugs on board the boat. Captain Glenn Shephard searched the guest’s cabin but turned up empty-handed.
Sandy Yawn |Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/ NBCU Photo Bank
Yawn said crew members who possess drugs are automatically dismissed. “If it’s the crew, it’s immediate dismissal,” she told Reality Check when describing the difference between a crew member versus a guest with drugs. “Period. It’s zero tolerance. It’s very different. We’re responsible for lives. And that’s really the difference.”
Viewers will learn more about what Ferrier had when the Below Deck Mediterranean reunion continues on Monday, Oct. 26 at 9/8c on Bravo.