Trinidad and Tobago is moving closer to legalising marijuana use.
Attorney General Faris Al Rawi introduced the Cannabis Control Bill and the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill last Friday. Following Jamaica’s example and the establishment of a CARICOM Commission on Marijuana Regulation, the goal of the legislation is to reduce penalties for possession and consumption and fire up a legal industry.
The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill would allow people to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis or five grams of cannabis resin without facing legal actions. Possession of up to 60 grams or 10 grams of resin would mean a fixed fine without arrest, conviction or imprisonment.
The Cannabis Control Bill would establish a national Cannabis Authority that can grant licenses for cultivators, laboratories, processors, retail distributors, importers and transporters.
Trinidad and Tobago expect to save millions of dollars by ending cannabis prohibition, saving the unnecessary costs of cannabis-related incarceration and judicial hours.