Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Public consultations on marijuana from January 23

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The public will be able to submit their own comments on the decriminalisation of marijuana from Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs said in a statement that the first public consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana set for January 23, 2019,

During the months of January to March 2019, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi will host a series of Public Consultations on the Decriminalisation of Marijuana.

The Ministry said this conversation will “engage all citizens across Trinidad and Tobago inclusive of a diverse array of professionals, medical practitioners, secondary and tertiary level students and the general public”.

The first consultation will take place from Wednesday 23 January from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain.

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PM: Decriminalisation by June 2019

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made a change from his previous stance on marijuana, saying in a recent interview with media that the decriminalisation of marijuana should take effect from June 2019.  

Advocacy group, All Mansions of Rastafari, held a media briefing on January 9, 2019, calling for a moratorium on marijuana-related charges and for the release of persons charged for marijuana possession.

The group asked that people who were detained for minor marijuana offences have their records expunged, saying this would assist in freeing up the already clogged court system.

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.

 

St Vincent, Jamaica leading the way with cannabis

St Vincent and the Grenadines became the first member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to decriminalise marijuana, while the Cayman Islands already allows for the importation of cannabis oil for medical purposes.

In 2018, Jamaica launched its first cannabis research facility and marijuana dispensary, Kaya Farms. Marijuana usage and licensing in Jamaica is controlled by the Cannabis Licensing Authority.

The herb has also been decriminalised in the US Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.

Other countries which have decriminalised marijuana include the Netherlands, Canada, Australia (for medical or scientific purposes), Belgium (up to three grams), Belize (up to 10 grams), Bolivia (up to 50 grams), Colombia, Spain, Uruguay, and some US states, among others.

Studies have shown that CBDs (cannabinoids) have been proven to aid patients suffering from various diseases including cancer, seizures, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and even Crohn's disease. 

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