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Police Begin Sensitising Members on Ganja Law

Published:Monday | April 6, 2015 | 12:04 AM


The Police High Command has indicated it has begun sensitising officers about the amendments that have been made to the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The bill, which has been signed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is to be gazetted and a commencement day notice issued by the minister of justice before the law can take effect.

Until that happens, the police have indicated that strict adherence to the law should be maintained.

Speaking with The Gleaner, Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds said: "While there is an amendment to the law, regulations have to be passed to give effect to the law. The amendment speaks to smoking and possession so the police will respond to the law as they are obligated to."

Hinds also stressed that cultivation of marijuana remains illegal without a licence. The Government has indicated that it intends to set up a licensing authority to regularise the cannabis industry.

Hinds also disclosed that a fact sheet developed by the ministry has been circulated to officers and that sensitisation efforts are ongoing.