Come September, Dominica could be one step closer to the decriminalization of marijuana.
Delivering the 2020/2021 budget address on Monday, the Honorable Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister Finance, reasserted his aim to decriminalize marijuana in Dominica.
According to the Honorable Prime Minister, there has been a global shift in the attitudes towards marijuana which challenges the current use and policies addressing the plant, which align with emerging scientific research.
“A draft of the Drug Prevention and Misuse Amendment Bill of 2020 is before the Cabinet and will be presented to parliament at its next sitting…It will provide among other things, the decriminalization of possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less.”
He also explained that there is the possibility that the criminal records pertaining to small amounts will be expunged as well as the cessation of prosecution of all persons found in possession of 28 grams or less for personal use.
He added, “The government will forge ahead on the matter of developing revenue stream and foreign exchange earnings for a marijuana industry and will report further on this aspect of the policy in due course.”
According to the Honorable Prime Minister, this view is backed by empirical data and the growing international importance of medical marijuana.