Jamaica Unlikely to Decriminalize Marijuana Use

The Jamaica Gleaner reports that Jamaica is unlikely to decriminalize the use of ganja (marijuana) now or any time in the future, despite recommendations by the 2001 National Commission of Ganja, which established to examine the reform of marijuana laws.

In his lecture “Ganja: Legalise or Not Legalise It,” delivered at the University of the West Indies-Mona, Dr. Wendel Abel of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, “Jamaica—a signatory to several international and regional conventions and treaties on drug controls—faces being slapped with sanctions should it attempt decriminalization,” adding that the country has no choice but to implement local laws that support these conventions. He said that there are 192 parties that have signed to these international conventions, thus making the drug illegal in most countries in terms of consumption, use, cultivation, possession, transfer or trade. Abel explained that local legislations support these conventions and that these laws include Dangerous Drug Act, money laundering offences, and the Sharing of Forfeited Property Act. Failing to adhere to the convention would result in serious sanctions, including reduced foreign assistance grants and loans.

For full article, see http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110131/news/news3.html  

Photo from http://article.wn.com/view/2009/01/28/Inside_Britains_cannabis_farms/

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