OFFICIAL: Jamaica to Decriminalize Weed in Early 2015
Smoking ganja could be a minor infraction in the ganja-growing nation by the end of winter in early 2015.
Possession of marijuana is soon to be decriminalized in Jamaica, where the plant has remained banned despite being grown widely across the island.
Jamaica’s Justice Minister, Mark Golding, says that the cabinet will alter the law for reasons of allow up to 2 ounces which amounts to 57 grams of marijuana for personal use to the Jamaicans and both locals and tourists shall be permitted to possess marijuana for medical, scientific and religious use.
“Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja,” Minister of Justice Mark Golding said in a news conference in June, 2014.
“These relate to possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical-medicinal purposes.”
Weed possession is currently a petty offense in Jamaica and offenders are usually fined and dealt a criminal record.
Since it’s decriminalization movement, offenders are fined and brought before the courts once the bill is paid then they walk free without a criminal record. However, if this amount cant be paid the individual shall be punished by community servicing.
“Too many of our young people have ended up with criminal convictions after being caught with a ‘spliff,’ something that has affected their ability to do things like get jobs and get visas to travel overseas,” Golding said.
Criminal records for people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana will be expunged.
Under the amended law, set to be formally changed this summer, possession of pot will be punishable by a small fine. Failure to pay will result in community service.
Marijuana has been a Favorited plant in Jamaica for may years, and even though the law enforcers have been at war with it’s blunt users, the potential medicinal drug has never lost its supporters.
In Jamaica most persons referrers to the drug as Ganja, Weed, Cannabis, Kush, Sensimina, High Grade and according to the Rastafarian’s, the healing of the nation.
The decriminalization of ganja in Jamaica has landed smiles on many faces and brings joy to the Rastafarian community who for years have been protesting it’s legalization by the Jamaican Government.
The government also believe that the changes to the law will attract more tourist to the island.
Jamaica joins the list of countries, including, in varying degrees, Uruguay, Portugal, and parts of the United States, where drug laws are being softened as policymakers move away from the harsh punishments of the past that many feel have failed to stem pot use.