Ganja users breathe easy from today

Cannabis users can breathe eas­i­er today as the Dan­ger­ous Drugs (Amend­ment) Act is now in ef­fect.

On Fri­day, Pres­i­dent Paula Mae-Weekes pro­claimed the leg­is­la­tion which now al­lows adults to have up to 30 grammes of cannabis in their pos­ses­sion and house­holds to have up to four plants with­out fac­ing crim­i­nal charges.

The new law states that any­one found with 30 to 60 grammes of cannabis will now be sub­ject­ed to a $2,000 tick­etable of­fence.

And any­one caught with pos­ses­sion of 60 to 100 grammes of mar­i­jua­na will now be sub­ject­ed to up to 50 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice and al­so a max­i­mum fine of $75,000.

Se­nior Coun­sel Fyard Ho­sein will al­so head to the court to continue the process of seek­ing free­dom for some 101 per­sons, in­clud­ing 14 chil­dren in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres, who have been in­car­cer­at­ed for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­jua­na.

But while cannabis users, Rasta­far­i­ans, and oth­er ad­vo­cates will be cel­e­brat­ing to­day, there are sev­er­al per­sons and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have ex­pressed con­cern about the pas­sage of the law.

On Fri­day Non-prof­it or­gan­i­sa­tion, Re­buildTT wrote to Weekes urg­ing her to post­pone procla­ma­tion of the law.

Al­thought the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Amend­ment Act was passed in both Hous­es of Par­lia­men, “pro-fam­i­ly NGO Re­buildTT be­lieves the leg­is­la­tion is flawed and will cause may­hem if im­ple­ment­ed im­me­di­ate­ly, and the Pres­i­dent should not be a rub­ber stamp with in­struc­tions to as­sent to the law by a giv­en date”.

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