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Baptist Minister welcomes decision to decriminalise ganja

Published:Monday | February 24, 2014 | 11:22 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Baptist minister Karl Johnson has welcomed the announcement that the Jamaican Government is seeking to decriminalise ganja by year end.

Decriminalisation would result in the abolition of criminal penalties and would require appropriate amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell, yesterday confirmed that action will be taken this year in keeping with parliamentary approval.

Reverend Johnson, who in 2012, declared his support for the decriminalisation of ganja told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that the move will have a positive impact on thousands of Jamaican youths affected by criminal records for ganja possession.

He says for too long, many young Jamaicans were being criminalised affecting the prospects for certain jobs or even access visas to go overseas.

However, on the matter of ganja legalisation, the Baptist minister says he is not in support of such a move at this time.

Decriminalising ganja would represent the first major step in line with recommendations made in 2001 by the National Ganja Commission.

Uruguay and several American states have legalised the cultivation of marijuana.


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