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Jamaica pledges to decriminalize cannabis ('ganja') “later this year”

Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) says it has been given an assurance that the country later this year will decriminalize marijuana as the island seeks to establish a medicinal marijuana industry.

Jamaican Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell supports the initiative

CCMRT leader, Dealana Seiveright in a statement, said that the assurance had come from Jamaican Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell.

The statement quoted Paulwell as telling members of the taskforce that “ganja will be decriminalized in Jamaica this year and emphasized that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue”.

“He also reiterated the multiple economic, social and cultural benefits that Jamaica stands to gain if the laws are adjusted sooner rather than later,” the statement said.

Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries agreed to discuss the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for health reasons at their inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves had written to his regional leaders calling for a “reasoned debate” led by CARICOM’s political and civic leadership in the context of the legalization of marijuana for medical and health purposes in 20 states in the United States.

But regional leaders, who met in Trinidad last September have not gone heels over Gonsalves proposals saying that a decision had been taken to have the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat conduct further research on the medical and legal implications of decriminalizing marijuana.

The CCMRT, which includes representatives of the Ganja Law Reform Coalition, the National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja and several members of civil society, is chaired by University of the West Indies, Mona Principal Professor Archibald McDonald.

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1 Heisenbergcontext (#) Mar 07th, 2014 - 04:43 am Report abuse
It was just a matter of time before some countries saw the opportunities in the medical marijuana market. Somewhere Robert Nestor Marley & Peter Tosh are sharing a big grin and an even bigger spliff.

Rastaman vibration yeah!
2 Conqueror (#) Mar 07th, 2014 - 06:09 pm Report abuse
Should be fun to see. Every single Jamaican travelling abroad to be stopped, searched, tested, x-rayed. Might get through an airport in 12-24 hours. Depending on the length of the queue. And then it might be straight back on the aircraft and back to Jamaica. With a little check mark against their names. Never to be allowed into wherever.
3 ilsen (#) Mar 07th, 2014 - 11:24 pm Report abuse
So, no change then? Business as usual at Heathrow eh, Conq?
4 Conqueror (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 10:59 pm Report abuse
@3 Seems like a good idea. Naturally, the wet-kneed liberals and the druggies yatter on about harmless cannabis is. They would, wouldn't they? Then out comes another report that says, for example, that it destroys the brain. And the younger an individual is when they use it, the more damage it does. It doesn't really matter where you “stand” on this, there are overwhelming reasons for extensive checks, tests and so forth. Leaving aside the actions of dumb governments, who change direction with the wind, the duty of those at the the UK Border is to protect the citizens of the UK. However difficult some governments make that, the actual staff see it as a duty. The problem is that most individuals can't see it. Why are you charging me duty/tax on this carton of cigarettes? Because it's more than you're allowed. But it's just one! And if everyone did it? In 2007, over 68 million people entered the UK through Heathrow. And if every one of them brought “just one” extra carton? And if every one brought “just one” extra bottle? And if every one brought “just one” kilo of unhealthy meat? And if those bringing “ganja” decide to switch to “charlie” or “horse”? Outside, in the street, your wife is mowed down by a driver high on “ganja”? And the judge let's him/her walk free because of their “social problems”? That will be okay with you, will it? And it has already happened. Do you meet up with him/her outside the court and go for a “spliff” to get over it? Here's a good one. Guy intercepted from latam and found to have an internal concealment. Arrested. Lawyer. Interview. Locked away to go through the time-consuming process of producing the physical evidence. Next day, without warning, he dropped dead. And there's the justification. How many people have to DIE? How about the female courier that was thrown out of a car at the side of a motorway, stomach ripped open to get the drugs out? Probably because she was a bit slow. How about a sense of responsibility from you?
5 ilsen (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 12:45 am Report abuse
My dear Conq. My comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek!

Obviously touched a nerve there....

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