Gov’t approves removal of jail time for small amounts of ganja


The Cabinet, after extensive discussions and reviews, has approved a proposal to remove custodial sentences for persons found to be in possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana which amounts to less than an ounce.

A statement from the Government on Tuesday noted, “possession remains an offence; however, persons will not be sentenced to terms of imprisonment as obtained in the past.”

“This is the first of several steps that government intends to take as it considers the recently submitted Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Report on the usages of marijuana, and in particular, usages by our Rastafarian brothers and sisters who require it for use in their worship and sacrament.”



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