Market Date:28 March, 2020

‘The benefits are incontestable’: Trinidad and Tobago poised to decriminalize cannabis

Trinidad and Tobago is linking the Caribbean cannabis club.

The island state’s attorney general, Faris Al-Rawi, has introduced two bills to the House of Representatives — The Cannabis Control Bill and The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill. The new laws would redefine the way the country modulates the production, supply and consumption of the medication and assist the Caribbean’s biggest market save huge sums of money on enforcement attempts, that the Cannabis Cable reported.

“The burden to the taxpayer of hundreds of millions of dollars expended in remand incarceration is as atrocious as the effect on the lives of the accused and their families,” Al-Rawi explained. “Convictions for possession of marijuana have derailed many lives as they stand as a bar to education, travel and employment.”

The Dangerous Drugs Bill would make it possible for a individual to get around 30 gram of marijuana flower or five gram of resin without any criminal consequences. For numbers between 30 and 60 gram of flower or five and 10 gram of resin, offenders are fined US$739. If the fee is paid within the required interval, no longer authorities would follow. Failure to pay could lead to a significantly bigger fine and community support.

The bill also allows for the expungement of cannabis-related offenses from offender records and also for the creation of a cannabis ability to oversee the awarding of licences for medicinal, medicinal and scientific functions.

Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to decriminalize cannabis in 2015 and also the first to let a medical marijuana business to grow in 2018. Since that time Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda have decriminalized the medication and let it be used for medical purposes.

“The benefits of cannabis are now incontestable, and the deep wrongs that have been done to many, especially the marginalized and poor, because of the demonization of this plant, without scientific evidence, must cease,” stated Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, chair of the Caribbean Community Regional Commission on Marijuana.

“The Caribbean must now work together with like-minded states to modify the treaties that perpetuate this injustice,” Antoine stated.