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Suspend arrests for insignificant quantities of ganja immediately, says JLP

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Senator Robert Montague, is calling on the Minister Of Justice, the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner to immediately suspend all arrests for small amounts of Marijuana.

This in light of the death of St James Construction worker, Mario Deane who died from injuries he received at the Barnett Street Police lock up in St James.

He had been arrested Sunday over a Ganja Spliff.

Yesterday Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding and Security Minister, Peter Bunting announced that consultations are being held with a view to implementing a policy which will prevent the arrests of these persons.

However, Senator Montague says the government must act on the matter now, as the suspension of arrests can be dealt with administratively.

He says delaying action on the matter will only confirm that government is uncaring and does not value the lives of poor Jamaicans.

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