Marijuana is still illegal in Trinidad and Tobago and the police will be enforcing the law. So says COP Gary Griffith who says people should not take the discussions about marijuana decriminalization and Government’s moves in this direction, as permission to break the Law.
The Attorney General laid the Bill in Parliament on Friday. That’s just the first stage which is described as the first reading. The bill still has to be debated in both Houses of Parliament, passed, assented to by Her Excellency the President and Proclaimed as Law.
The Dangerous Drug Amendment Bill 2019 proposes to “establish lawful limits for possession and use. Under this proposed amendment, a person found in possession of 30 grammes of cannabis or less will no longer be arrested for possession. That being said, the Government also proposes to impose an upper limit for lawful possession of cannabis or cannabis resin products. That limit will be 60 grammes.
It also proposes that people with charges before the court for the new upper limit of 60 grammes of cannabis and ten grammes of cannabis resin may apply for those charges to be discharged and that the criminal records of people with convictions for the possession of the substance will be expunged and they will also be able to apply for pardon under Section 87 of the Constitution.
The proposed sister Legislation is the
Trinidad and Tobago Cannabis Licensing Authority 2019 Bill for the establishment of a regulative body. The proposal is as follows according to the AG: “We establish an authority, the authority will receive applications for licences, the authority will consider those licences and grant those licences and then the licencees who are engaged in the position would have to meet the standard of the licences; proper premises, control, consistency issues, quality issues etc”.