Guyana should update its marijuana legislation like Jamaica

With the current debate regarding marijuana legislation and sentencing policy in Guyana, I here share how Jamaica has recently updated its legislation and changed its policy with regard to marijuana. Earlier this year Jamaica enacted the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act 2015 that decriminalized the possession of under 2 ounces of marijuana, making it a ticketable offence instead. A brief summary of the legislation shows:

  1. Possession of 2 ounces or less of ganja is no longer an offence for which one can be arrested, charged and have to go to court, and it will not result in a criminal record. (2 ounces = 56.7 grammes)
  2. However, the police may issue a ticket to a person in possession of 2 ounces or less of ganja , similar to a traffic ticket, and the person has 30 days to pay the sum of J$500 at any tax office.
  3. It remains a criminal
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