PM: Government to review marijuana legislation in 2019

Antigua and Barbuda, as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines, announced plans to decriminalise marijuana for personal use
Loop (Trinidad & Tobago)
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Government will examine marijuana legislation in 2019 with a view toward possibly decriminalising the plant. Rowley said many young men from 'certain communities' are being sent to the nation's jails because of the plant. "Our jails are full of young people, largely young men because they smoked a marijuana joint and the law in this county makes the smoking of a marijuana cigarette a criminal offence." In July, Government agreed to hold consultations with community groups to review marijuana decriminalisation after a petition with over 10,000 signatures was submitted by advocacy group the Caribbean Collective for Justice (CCJ).