Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved new laws to decriminalise possession of small amounts of pot and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry on the Caribbean island.Justice minister Mark Golding said he expects to introduce the much-anticipated legislation in the Senate by the end of this week.Debate could start before the end of the month in the pot-steeped country where the drug, known popularly as “ganja,” has long been culturally entrenched but illegal.Mr Golding said the bill would establish a “cannabis licensing authority” to deal with the various regulations needed to cultivate, sell and distribute marijuana for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes. Read more
Jamaica mulls bill to decriminalise marijuana
Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of pot and establish a legal medical marijuana industry.Justice Minister Mark Golding announced on Wednesday that he expects to introduce the drug law amendments in the Senate by the end of this week.Golding says it would establish a licensing authority to deal with the various regulations needed to cultivate, sell and distribute marijuana for “medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes.” Read more
Cannabis Licensing Authority to regulate ganja industry
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding on Wednesday said that a Cannabis Licensing Authority is to be established to regulate the proposed hemp and medicinal ganja industry in Jamaica.
This is one of the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, which is expected to be tabled in the Senate on Friday, and is seeking to decriminalise ganja for medicinal, religious, and private/personal use.
Cannabis Licensing Authority will be responsible for establishing a lawful, regulated hemp and medicinal ganja industry. Read more