Jamaica Legalises Marijuana For Personal Use
|13 June, 2014||Posted by Stacey under News|
Jamaica’s minister of justice, Mark Golding, announced that Jamaica’s prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, and the cabinet had decided to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act.
“What we are simply doing is modifying the penalty regime to make it more suitable for our reality in Jamaica and less oppressive of our people. Do I anticipate any [fallout with international partners]? I don’t think so, in light of international trends,” Mr Golding stated, pointing out that the changes are in line with the positions adopted by 20 countries and at least 20 American states.
“I wish to stress that the proposed changes to the law are not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes. The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach to dealing with possession of small quantities,”Mr Golding continued
Jamaica will also pass legislation allowing criminal records for convictions under the current laws to be expunged.
He said the changes would also seek to remove the smoking of ganja, as well as the possession of pipes and other items used in the smoking of ganja as criminal offences, and would decriminalise the possession of ganja for religious and therapeutic purposes.
Jamaica is a major exporter of cannabis with more than 37,000 acres devoted to growing the narcotic crop every year.
Uruguay became the first country to make it legal to grow, sell and consume cannabis last year. Details of how the scheme will work are to be unveiled shortly.
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