Rastafarians in Barbados will soon be permitted to use cannabis for sacramental purposes.
Attorney General Dale Marshall made the announcement in Parliament during the debate on the medical cannabis Bill (2019).
Marshall admitted changes must be made to the way government treats religious use of cannabis considering it does not fall into the category of recreational or medicinal.
He also pointed to the legal precedent based on cases it was an infringement on the constitution rights of Rastafarians to criminalize them for using cannabis.
Marshall said the Bill is being drafted and should be presented in Parliament in the coming weeks.
Members of the Divine Order of the Nyabinghi Theocracy Reign recently delivered a position paper to Prime Minister Mia Mottley calling for government to pass legislation to address their religious use of cannabis.
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