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Friday, 20 July 2018 18:03

National Consultation Needed On Decriminalising Marijuana

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Attorney General, Faris Al-Rawi, says the matter of decriminalisation of marijuana must have the benefit of a National Consultation before it is legislated.

Founder of the Caribbean Collective for Justice and the CARICOM Herb Farmers Union, Nazma Muller, and a handful of supporters gathered outside the Parliament Building on Friday.

The marijuana advocate presented a petition with 10,000 signatures supporting the call for Government to legalise marijuana to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley. She also spoke briefly with the Attorney General.

At last week’s Post Cabinet Media Briefing, the Prime Minister said decriminalisation of marijuana was not on the Government's agenda.

The Attorney General says, however, that the matter is one that requires consultation not only at the Cabinet level.

At the 39th Inter Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Jamaica earlier in July, the CARICOM Marijuana Commission recommended that legalising marijuana could lead to economic benefits.

Earlier this year, Antigua and Barbuda joined the likes of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda in decriminalising the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

AG Al-Rawi notes the other CARICOM jurisdictions ensured their justice systems were fixed first and says Government is pursuing this approach.

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