Is the legalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago an ‘idea whose time has come’? – commentary

Is the legalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago an ‘idea whose time has come’?
Published on July 20, 2017 – Flora Thomas on Global Voices

Marijuana plant

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Even as many parts of the world move towards the decriminalisation of marijuana, Trinidad and Tobago still considers its cultivation and use illegal.

As early as 2014, activists in neighbouring regional territories were agitating for the “freeing up” of the herb. By February 2015, Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to decriminalise marijuana when its House of Representatives passed a law allowing possession of up to two ounces of cannabis. The new legislation also allows users to grow up to five plants for personal consumption, and guidelines are being established for the cultivation and distribution of both medical marijuana and use of the herb for religious ceremonies.    

In a region whose justice systems are plagued with a backlog of minor possession offences, decriminalisation has been a welcome move to many. In Jamaica, not only has use of the herb been decriminalised, it’s been largely normalised — there’s talk of ganja cooperatives and the potential of pot tourism. In fact, in late 2015, the country’s first Rastafari Rootzfest celebrated the emancipation of marijuana, though some insist the development of Jamaica’s legal ganja industry isn’t happening fast enough.    [Read more]

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