Trinidad and Tobago


...decriminalise it

WITH Caribbean neighbour Jamaica making moves to decriminalise marijuana University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor Emeritus Kenneth Ramchand is renewing his calls for marijuana to be decriminalised in Trinidad and Tobago for medicinal purposes.

In January this year the Jamaican Government tabled the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015 in that country’s Senate to decriminalise marijuana for medicinal, religious and personal use. 


Medical marijuana not on Trinidad Govt agenda

The People’s Partnership Government should be careful not to pursue the same course as Jamaica which recently legalised the use of marijuana for medical purposes, says political analyst Dr Bishnu Ragoonath. 

He believes such a move will not receive public support.

In an interview on Tuesday, Ragoonath said the Government would be treading on shaky ground if it pursued a policy to decriminalise marijuana.

“At this time, the Government has to be wary of societal needs and demands. The Government is preparing to go into a general election and should be careful as to what policies they will bring to the fore at this point in time,” he said.

He said that drug use had been linked to crime.


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Marijuana caution

Sunday, January 18 2015

RECENT events in the news locally hint at a significant use of illicit marijuana by university students, a topic likely to be raised now by anxious parents with their youngsters in households across the country.

We think it is an apt time to sound a note of caution as to the drug’s harmful effects. At present, Trinidad and Tobago, like much of the rest of the world, faces a very confused picture as to how the drug should be viewed.

It is still illegal in most countries including ours, but has been decriminalised in places such as Uruguay and the State of Colorado and Washington DC. Even as in Europe some police forces now merely warn but not prosecute users.


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Greenhouse ‘ganja’

By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, January 16 2015

ST JOSEPH police officers yesterday raided a Bedasie Street, St Augustine apartment occupied by a university student and discovered a greenhouse with healthy, thriving marijuana trees growing and high grade marijuana seedlings purchased in the United States. The illegal herb found is worth $500,000.


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No bridging the gap

REFLECTIONS by SUZANNE MILLS Friday, January 2 2015

A TEENAGER pleads guilty of being in possession of 106 grammes of marijuana which he tells the magistrate he received from a friend as a Christmas gift. The teen lacks two things: a good lawyer and a better legal system, one that doesn’t make criminals of weed smokers or even weed distributers for that matter.

The magistrate didn’t believe the weed was a gift and admonished him for possessing a large quantity of ganja. Yes, it would seem odd that his friend is so amazingly generous, but we don’t know the nature of their friendship and we don’t know how much the teen smokes so we can’t assume the weed was for trafficking.


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Girl, 13, on ganja charge

Tuesday, November 18 2014

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl appeared before a San Fernando magistrate yesterday charged with trafficking in marijuana at her secondary school. The girl’s appearance followed the charge against a 14-year-old girl who was taken to the Magistrate’s court in Princes Town on Friday last for a similar offence.

The 13-year old girl appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in San Fernando Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to possession of 3.3 grammes of marijuana.


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High points for weed

IAN LAMBIE Wednesday, October 8 2014

At the 35th Caricom Heads of Governments meeting held in Antigua from 1st to 4 th July 2014, it was decided to establish a Regional Committee to conduct an enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding the use of marijuana in the region. Since then consultations on marijuana and its legalisation were held in Trinidad.

Two days ago, a headline stated “Jamaica changes law on small quantities of marijuana” while that in another stated “Ganja research lab set-up in Jamaica”. Legalisation of marijuana is being placed on the front burner in the Caribbean.


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