Tufton wants review of ganja law
Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says there needs to be a comprehensive review of the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act which relaxed the usage of ganja in the country.
In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament this afternoon, Tufton said the change in the law was rushed and not carefully thought through.
He said changes are needed to the regime in light of the insufficient public health education on ganja and the effects of ganja on users.
The Health Minister said the previous Cabinet had accepted a proposal for a comprehensive public education campaign, but did not get the necessary funding from ministries.
Tufton pointed out that of the $321 million needed for the campaign only 20 per cent was received and expended.
He also noted that 90 per cent of adolescents seen under the National Council on Drug Abuse’s drug treatment programme are referred due to problems associated with marijuana use.
The Health Minister said these shortcomings highlight the importance of a review.