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President open to easing marijuana ban

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The president of Guyana says he is open to easing a ban on the personal use of marijuana in the South American country.

President David Granger said, during his weekly TV appearance yesterday, that his Cabinet will soon be reviewing marijuana regulation as part of a broader effort to reduce prison overcrowding.

Granger said the government is not in favour of decriminalisation. But the president said personal use of the drug "would be given consideration" with a proposal to eliminate jail time for possession of less than 15 grams of the drug. The Cabinet is awaiting a report from the Health Ministry before taking up the matter.

Guyana is part of the Caribbean Community trade organisation, which has begun a formal review of marijuana regulations across the region.