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Ganja ticketing system coming

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 11:10 AM

The government has started the process to introduce the ticketing system to fine people who continue to breach the law and possess ganja.

Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Karen Clarke Davis, says steps are now being undertaken by the ministry to design the special tickets which will allow the police to enforce the law.

Last year, Jamaica enacted legislation decriminalising possession of less than two ounces of ganja.

As a result, offenders are to be issued with a ticket to pay a fine instead of being arrested and charged.

However, more than a year after the legislative change, the police have not been able to enforce the law because there is no ticketing system. 

The law states that the police may issue a ticket to a person found in possession of less than two ounces of ganja.

The offender will have 30 days to pay the $500 ticket at any Tax Office.

Failure to pay the fine will result in the offender attending the Petty Sessions Court, where he or she can be ordered to do community service, or in rare cases where community service is unavailable, pay a fine of $2,000.