Jamaica Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession
Jamaica’s House of Representatives has approved a measure which would decriminalize cannabis possession, removing any possibility of jail-time, or a criminal record.
The proposal, which was introduced by Raymond Pryce, Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, was the cause of extensive debate on the House floor last Tuesday. Mr. Pryce argued that decades of cannabis prohibition has failed, and that decriminalization would result in a huge financial savings for the country, while also freeing up prison space.
Pryce’s proposal largely mirrors a key recommendation of the National Commission on Ganja, which submitted its report to the Jamaica’s government in 2001.
The measure now moves to the Senate, where its approval is anticipated.