Jamaica’s Senate to Approve Measure Decriminalizing Cannabis, Legalizing Medical Cannabis
A proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for all adults, and to legalize the medical and religious use of cannabis, will be before the Senate on Friday. The measure, which was approved by the nation’s Cabinet earlier this week, will be approved quickly in the Senate, according to United Press International.
The proposal would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, making it a ticketable, not an arrestable offense, and would establish a cannabis licensing authority to establish regulations for the cultivation, production and distribution of cannabis for medical, scientific and religious purposes.
“We need to position ourselves to take advantage of the significant economic opportunities offered by this emerging industry,” says Justice Minister Mark Golding.
The proposal is supported by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, whose governing part holds a two thirds majority in Parliament.