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”.