Trinidad and Tobago


Two groups of Caribbean Islands just changed their marijuana laws

Marijuana reform is coming to the US Virgin Islands as well as Trinidad and Tobago after both groups of Caribbean islands changed their cannabis laws recently, writes Calvin Hughes.


Is the Legalization of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an 'Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

Even as many parts of the world moves towards the decriminalisation of marijuana, Trinidad and Tobago still considers its cultivation and use illegal.


Trinidad: Government ‘not ready’ for ganja consultation

The Caribbean Collective for Justice (CCJ) said it has been informed by the head of the Caricom Marijuana Commission Professor Rose Marie Belle Antoine, that Trinidad and Tobago was to be the first country where the Commission would host its first national consultation, but Government said it was “not ready.” 

In response to an email query by the CCJ’s head, Nazma Muller about the date of the T&T consultation, Antoine replied: “I wanted to start here but apparently TnT government was not ‘ready’ so don’t know.” 


Trinidad & Tobago PM Says No Discussion on Decriminalising Marijuana

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says his administration has not discussed decriminalising marijuana even as his Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is quoted as saying that it is reviewing existing legislation as well as planning wide consultation before adopting any position.

Rowley, speaking to reporters before his departure for the United States, said that he would be very surprised if the attorney general spoke to the decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana when the matter was not discussed by Cabinet.

He said his Government has been in office for just over seven months and has spent no time at all examining the decriminalisation of marijuana.


T&T Gov't examining decriminalising of marijuana

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago Government is examining the possibility of decriminalising marijuana and is reviewing existing legislation as well as planning wide consultation before adopting any position, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has said.

He told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper Monday that there has been “a full exercise of analysing the types of crime in our prisons and the pre-trials detention or remand statistics for a range of offences, including possession of narcotics, and particularly possession of cannabis.

“From that perspective there’s certainly a drive to gather statistical information, as the issue of decriminalising of marijuana isn’t a simple one on the public side.”


Seven reasons why the Caribbean may soon turn into a cannabis hotspot

There are many signs that some Caribbean countries may well develop into an Eldorado for cannabis and its consumers in the coming years. Read about the seven most important reasons here.


Trinidad: Lobby group to test “ganja” law

A local cannabis lobby group says it plans to “test the law” by importing certain classifications of cannabis that are not defined by law as prohibited.

C420, a legally registered NGO that lobbies for cannabis policy reform says there is only one classification of Cannabis has been defined under current law and is subject to prohibition.

In a statement issued yesterday, the group reasoned that other classifications cannot be prohibited as they are not defined by law.

“In light of this, C420 intends to test the law by importing “non-prohibited” Cannabis seeds for the purpose of cultivation and “non-prohibited” Cannabis oil,” the group said.


Trinidad and Tobago: Medical cannabis and the recession

It is time for Trinidad and Tobago to put away the fundamental bias that has been attributed towards cannabis (ganja, marijuana, herbs, high grade — whatever you want to call it) for decades and see how it can benefit the Government and its people through legalised, taxed and well-regulated medical cannabis (which has been proven to be far safer than alcohol and cigarettes combined).

This can create numerous economic benefits for this country in the state of its recession.

The taxes can increase the country's revenue, which can be a major help with the recession.

Job creation is integral to any economy and cannabis jobs already exist in T&T but are unfortunately already held by criminals.


Trinidad: Jamaican QC joins team seeking cannabis reform

JAMAICA-BORN Queen’s Counsel Dr Courtenay Griffiths has been appointed to the legal team of Trinidad and Tobago’s first incorporated cannabis law reform non-governmental organisation.
Griffiths has been officially appointed as C420’s consultant on matters of law reform. 
“Dr Griffiths was born in Jamaica and received his training in the United Kingdom. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1980 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 1998. Dr Griffiths also holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from both Coventry University and Leeds Metropolitan University. 


Trinidad and Tobago's oddly overlooked — and totally legal — fix for marijuana

On September 28, three weeks after a bitter and hotly contested general election, the Trinidad and Tobago cannabis law reform NGO C420 threatened to sue the country’s Ministry of Health.

The Ministry, said C420 director and co-founder Colin Stephenson, had failed to make it known that laws regarding the lawful possession of marijuana exist in Trinidad and Tobago, to make regulations governing the use of marijuana, and to explore uses of the plant other than smoking. 


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