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Thursday 13 August, 2020

Afro-Trinis more likely to be held for weed

Afro-Trinidadians are most likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana when compared to other ethnic groups. Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, revealed statistics in the Senate during his presentation of the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act. 

Quoting figures during his tenure as Attorney General, Al Rawi broke down the numbers. “We see in the distribution of our African, Asian and Indian population, Hispanic and mixed, in the category 18-35 years old. In Africans, we have 352 (arrests) versus 18-35 (year old) East Indians 124 (arrests), versus mixed 185 (arrests),” he explained. 

There are over 80 000 marijuana cases before the courts, with at least 80% of the cases being for simple possession. 

Al Rawi says the figures show that specific groups have the most to lose under the current law. “It shows that there is a preponderance of the application of this law in our African population. There is a preponderance in the tripping of this law in our youth,” he said.  

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