Gov't not trying to benefit financially from ganja ticketing system - Golding
Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding is refuting claims in some sections of the media which suggest that the government is trying to make money from the implementation of a ticketing system for persons in possession of small quantities of marijuana.
With the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act earlier this year, the government has decriminalised the possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
Instead of being charged with a criminal offense, persons found with less than two ounces of the herb will be issued a ticket.
According to the Justice Minister, the government has no intention of benefiting financially from the change.
However, Senator Golding admits that the government would like to earn cash through the licensing regime for medical marijuana and industrial hemp.
Golding says it is believed that the country is well placed to benefit significantly from the development of these industries.
However, the Justice Minister notes that a portion of the revenue earned from this licensing regime must be used to benefit certain vulnerable populations.
The Justice Minister was speaking last night at a town hall meeting at the St Luke’s Anglican Church in St Andrew.