$1.2M in weed destroyed in Mayaro
Just days after a call by advocacy groups for a moratorium on arrests for marijuana possession, police seized and destroyed a marijuana field worth approximately TT$1.2 million in Mayaro.
According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the fully grown marijuana trees were destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, Area South, during a marijuana eradication exercise conducted in the Mayaro district on Thursday.
Officers conducted the exercise on January 10, 2019, during which they proceeded to Gregorio Trace, Cedar Grove, Mayaro, where they discovered a marijuana field with approximately 1,200 fully grown marijuana trees and approximately 500 seedlings.
The trees and seedlings were subsequently destroyed.
Investigations are ongoing.
On Wednesday, local Rastafarian group All Mansions of Rastafari, called for a moratorium on arrests and convictions of people detained for marijuana possession ahead of plans by the state to decriminalise marijuana in June 2019.
The group also asked that criminal records for persons detained for minor marijuana offences within the last six months be expunged.
The group also asked for concessions for small farmers and for a regulatory body to be set up to oversee research and development.
The group decried the persecution suffered over the years at the hands of the State and called for their religious rites and rituals to be acknowledged.