After extensive discussions and reviews, Cabinet has approved a proposal to remove custodial sentences for persons found to be in possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. This was according to a released issued by the Ministry of Presidency on Tuesday.
However, the release added that narcotics possession remains an offence but persons will not be sentenced to terms of imprisonment as obtained in the past.
This is the first of several steps that government intends to take as it considers the recently submitted Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Report on the usages of marijuana, and in particular, usages by our Rastafarian brothers and sisters who require it for use in their worship and sacrament.
Over the past few months several groups including politicians have called for the removal of custodial sentencing for small amounts of marijuana. This had stemmed from the sentencing of a…