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Government still making plans to acquire ticket books for ganja offences

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 3:19 PM
In this April 15, 2015 photo, a man uses a pocket knife to prepare marijuana for a morning smoking session in downtown Kingston.

The Government is still pursuing plans to acquire special ticket books to assist members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force with enforcing the country's ganja laws. 

The previous People’s National Party administration had passed legislation to make the possession of up to two ounces of ganja a non-arrestable offence.

Under the new regulations, a person caught smoking marijuana in public cannot be arrested or detained.

The individual can, however, be issued a $500 ticket by the police, giving them 30 days to pay at the tax office.

There will be further penalties if the fine is not paid within the required timeframe.

However, the police are yet to receive those ticket books.

Last year former National Security Minister Peter Bunting advised the police to ignore persons seen smoking a spliff, or marijuana cigarette, or who are in possession of less than two ounces of ganja, until the tickets become available.

Newly appointed Minister of National Security Robert Montague says the new Jamaica Labour Party Government will ensure the law is enforced.

 

Minister of National Security Robert Montague.