Dominican Government Forging Ahead with the Decriminalisation of MarijuanaPosted by On

ROSEAU, Dominica – The Dominica government on Tuesday said it would “forge ahead’ with plans to decriminalise marijuana which it also views as a sector that could develop a revenue stream and provide for foreign exchange earnings.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, delivering the EC$942.1 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) said that there has been a global thrust in recent times to decriminalize certain aspects of marijuana possession, growth and ownership.

“This challenges views on the use of cannabis, and policies which align with emerging scientific research,’ Skerrit said, recalling that last year he had informed legislators and the country at large that having regard to the empirical data, and the growing international importance of medical marijuana and the world trend of decriminalization of marijuana for medical, religious and recreational use, that the government should bring to the Parliament for consideration, legislation to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.

He said that in the manifesto of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) for the general elections in December last year, “there was also a pledge to “expunge the criminal records of all persons previously convicted for “possessing a spliff or small…

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