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Decriminalization of Marijuana to be Passed through Parliament

by: - July 31, 2019
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Strides are being made by the Government to propose the decriminalization of cannabis in Dominica.

This was announced by the Prime Minister, Hon Roosevelt Skerrit during the 2019-2020 National Budget presentation at Parliament on Tuesday 30th July 2019.  He said his Government will soon be tabling the necessary amendments to the legislation for Parliament’s approval.

Honorable Skerrit confirmed that his government’s decision is in respect to the worldwide trend of decriminalization of cannabis for medical, religious and recreational use.

“The Government will therefore propose that the possession of not more than 28.35 grams [one ounce] of Marijuana be decriminalized,” Hon Skerrit said.

The Prime Minister also announced plans to omit the files of past offenders by stating, “we will go further and make necessary amendments to have struck off the records of those convicted for marijuana possession, any conviction in respect to the possession of 28.35 grams or less.”

The Dominica leader further expressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly his disagreement with persons being “eternally punished for such offences.”

“This measure will impact in a positive way many of our citizens. There are many people who were arrested for a marijuana cigarette and these things are on their records and it haunts them; it has been haunting them for several years,” he noted.