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Pryce happy about latest ganja reform developments

Published:Wednesday | January 21, 2015 | 2:04 PM
Raymond Pryce - File

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

North Eastern St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce has expressed very strong support for developments announced this morning by Justice Minister Mark Golding at Jamaica House with respect to the decriminalisation of ganja.




Pryce described the move, via the announced bill titled Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015, as the clearest sign yet of the administration's intention to have established in Jamaica a legitimate ganja industry.



“The Human Rights issues are addressed, the Research and Medicinal opportunities are addressed, the Enterprise potential has also been appropriately addressed in the bill”, he said.



"Key aspects include the proposed establishment of a Cannabis Licensing Authority, the legislated removal of the attachment of a criminal record for simple possession while still ensuring that there is no confusion as to the Government's stance against the attempt to or actual exportation of illegal drugs and related criminal activities."



Pryce who had tabled a Private Member's Motion in January 2013 advocating for the very changes that have now been approved by Cabinet, further recalls that the progress in the last 24 months toward the reform of the Dangerous Drugs Act, particularly as it relates to Cannabis/Ganja supersedes any developments in the 24 years prior.



Added Pryce: "This aspect of the relay now being successfully concluded - I will increase my own efforts and advocacy to ensure that a robust and comprehensive Public Education Campaign which seeks to eradicate the abuse of ganja or its indiscriminate use for whichever purpose (especially among minors) be developed and executed upon".



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