Ganja Bill officially law from Monday
From Monday, December 23, the Amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act will be law.
President Paula Mae Weekes on Friday signed the Proclamation making the law effective from Monday.
"And whereas it is expedient that the Act come into effect from 23rd December, 2019: Now, therefore, I, Paula-Mae Weekes, President as aforesaid, do hereby fix the 23rd day of December, 2019, as the date on which the Act shall come into operation. Given under my hand and the Seal of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the Office of the President, St Ann’s, this 20th day of December 2019," the Proclamation read.
From Monday, adults can possess up to 30 grammes of marijuana and grow up to four plants in their homes without a license.
Anyone found smoking cannabis in a public space and in possession of the herb near school premises, school buses or schoolyards. will be subject to a fine of $250,000 and imprisonment for five years.
The law will also penalise those who operate vehicles, aircraft, and ships while under the influence of cannabis or do anything that constitutes negligence, malpractice or professional misconduct while under the influence.
The Cannabis Control Bill, which will govern the licensing of marijuana, has been sent to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament.