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Campaign to discourage ganja smoking among the vulnerable coming

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 6:04 AM

The government is to mount a public education campaign aimed at discouraging irresponsible ganja smoking and protecting vulnerable persons.

Justice Minister Mark Golding says the the National Health Fund (NHF) and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) have already finalised details of the programme, which is expected to get under way shortly.

Golding says the campaign will discourage ganja use by children, pregnant women and persons with certain mental disorders.

He also reiterated that the smoking of ganja in public spaces or within five metres of such areas is prohibited in a manner similar to cigarettes.

He was speaking at town hall meeting held at the St Luke’s Anglican Church in St Andrew recently to address public concerns about the recent amendments to the Dangerous Drug Act, more commonly known as the ganja law.