Bill passed to expunge records for minor offences
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the police will be vigorously enforcing the laws against dealing in and trafficking in ganja.
Bunting says the Government is putting in place a socially acceptable framework to deal with the use and cultivation of ganja on the island.
He made the remarks as he closed the debate on a bill to amend the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act in Parliament this afternoon.
He said the passage of the amendments to the law is the first phase of the government’s journey towards modernising the country’s ganja law.
Under the amended bill, persons convicted for minor offences will now be able to have their records expunged.
The bill also makes provision for automatic expungement for convictions for certain minor ganja-related offences.
Where there is a conviction for a minor offence of possession of ganja or for smoking ganja, it shall not be entered on the criminal record of the offender.
Meanwhile, the national security minister disclosed that a bill has already been drafted to allow persons to possess small quantities of ganja and for religious groups to use the drug.
Bunting also said that the Cabinet has approved a regulatory framework for the commercial growing of ganja and for a medical marijuana industry.
He said both measures are part of the ganja modernisation programme.
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