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Ganja lobby group saddened by death of St James man

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Task Force says the death of St James resident, Mario Deane, highlights the urgent need for the Government to fast track legislation decriminalising ganja.

Deanne died yesterday from an alleged beating he received while in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St James.

He was arrested on Sunday after he was allegedly held by the police with a ganja spliff.

There are varying reports about how the 31-year-old construction worker received his injuries.

His family has said that doctors were told he fell from a bunk bed.

However, family members say they were told he was beaten by cellmates.

Director for the Task Force, Delano Seiveright, says the sad situation may have been avoided if the law allowing possession of small quantities of ganja was already in place.

Seiveright says the Government should use Deane’s death as a catalyst to push harder for the immediate decriminalisation of ganja.

The Government is moving to change the law so that it is no longer a criminal offence to possess ganja weighing two ounces or less.

Once amended, offenders would instead be issued with a ticket payable outside of the courts.

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