Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Schoolgirl held with weed brownies

A 15-year-old schoolgirl is expected to face drug trafficking charges after she was held selling weed brownies.

The teenager, who resides in Maraval, was held near the Tranquility Government Secondary School in Woodbrook on Thursday afternoon during a police operation.

The operation was led by Snr Sup Ramdeen, with assistance from Insp Deonarine, Sgt Tooleram, Sgt Bharath, and others.

The officers received intelligence that the 15-year-old was selling the edibles and responded.

The officers seized several brownies which contained marijuana, and as a result, the teenager was detained.

Although Government is currently in the process of bringing legislation regarding the decriminalisation of marijuana, the plant is still illegal. 

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that government would review marijuana legislation with a view toward possibly decriminalising the plant.

In July, Government agreed to hold consultations with community groups to review marijuana decriminalisation after a petition with over 10,000 signatures was submitted by advocacy group the Caribbean Collective for Justice (CCJ).

Following a CARICOM meeting of heads of government in 2018, members agreed to review the drug's status as a Schedule 1 drug

Earlier this year Jamaica launched Kaya Farms, the Caribbean's first legal medical cannabis dispensary. Officials from the company said Kaya's goal is to make Jamaica the flagship of the global wellness tourism industry.

Marijuana usage and licensing in Jamaica is controlled by the Cannabis Licensing Authority. 

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. 

Antigua and Barbuda, as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines, announced plans to decriminalise marijuana for personal use, while the Cayman Islands already allows for the importation of cannabis oil.

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 (medicinal use only), 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.

More on this as it becomes available. 

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