Jamaica: Government Announced Change to Drug Laws

BBC – The Jamaican government has announced plans to radically reform the country’s drug laws.

The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as “ganja.”

Mr Golding also said marijuana would be decriminalised for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes.

It is expected parliament will approve the changes by September.

“I wish to stress that the proposed changes to the law are not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes,” said Mr Golding.

“The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach to dealing with possession of small quantities.”

Correspondents say the government plans are a major victory for Jamaica’s Rastafarian movement, which considers ganja sacred.

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