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Jamaica to make Personal use of Marijuana Legal

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Jamaica is set to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s prime minister has decided to take this decision, in line with plans to amend the country’s Dangerous Drugs Act, The Guardian reports.

The amendment of the act would allow for the legal smoking of ganja in private places, as well as its use for medicinal, religious and research (by accredited institutions) purposes.

“Too many of our young people have ended up with criminal convictions after being caught with a spliff, something that has affected their ability to do things like get jobs and get visas to travel overseas,” said Mark Golding, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice. 

The government also has plans to propose a bill to parliament that will expunge the criminal records of people convicted of possessing small amounts of the drug.

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2 Comments

  1. BossIlluminati

    June 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana….changed the world

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

    • chi-e-z

      June 29, 2014 at 3:03 am

      Anything in excess is not good for the body.I have nothing against herbs but i’m not putting anything as potent as opium or cocaine in my body granted some medicines use them but I pray that I never need smthing as potent as those..shoot even ibuprofen and panadol make me drowsy/sleep 4 least 5 hours.Let’s stop fooling ourselves yes people with serious asthma, glaucoma and serious epilepsy etc need this stuff but for a well functioning body even 1 smoke could be too much.It’s about accurate and moderate administration..I don’t even drink green tea as much as I see some friends smoke…

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