Guyana: Contradictory to legalize marijuana as Public Health Minister moves to ban smoking

It would be contradictory for the Government to make attempts at the legislative level to decriminalize the use of Marijuana, while active strides are being made by Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton, to bring tobacco control legislation before the House, says President David Granger.

The President’s announcement was made on his weekly television show “Public Interest” which was aired on the National Communications Network (NCN) last evening.

Following the arrest and conviction of popular football coach, Vibert Butts, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment for being in possession of marijuana, calls for decriminalization of the drug were renewed.

Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive member Nigel Hughes and popular Attorney Mark Waldron then pursued and completed a draft new legislation to relax the marijuana convictions. The legislation, which is expected to be AFC Member of Parliament Michael Carrington when the National Assembly reconvenes on December 17, aims to revise...

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