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Antigua: ABLP to permit use of small quantities of herb

The Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party administration will be setting up a commission to oversee the process of decriminalising the possession of small quantities of marijuana.

The announcement came from spokesperson Lionel “Max “Hurst, during a press briefing following a Cabinet meeting.

Social of Transformation Minister Samantha Marshall will chair the five-member body, which is to be comprised of members of both the ruling and opposition parties.

Two weeks ago, during the Commonwealth Youth Minister’s Meeting held in Antigua, Marshall made a call for the Commonwealth to discuss decriminalising the possession of small amounts of the substance. She said she also plans to write formally to the body to have the topic tabled for discussion at future Commonwealth meetings.

Hurst, who appeared on Friday’s edition of OBSERVER AM, said the government is aiming to give youth who may have gotten caught up in drug related activity a second chance at a productive...

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