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Ex Canadian premier hails Jamaica for ganja decision

Published:Thursday | January 22, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Former premier of the Canadian province of Ontario, Ernie Eves, is hailing Jamaica's decision to table in Parliament, legislation that will decriminalise the possession of small quantities of marijuana.



Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding announced yesterday that the Cabinet has approved a bill titled, Dangerous Drug Amendment Act 2015, which will be tabled in the Senate on Friday.



The former Canadian politician is chairman of Timeless Herbal Care, a Jamaican medical marijuana company with strong ties to Canada.



In a statement on the latest developments, Eves said Jamaica is now uniquely positioned to become the medical marijuana hub of the world.



Among other things, the proposed legislation seeks to make the possession of two ounces of ganja or less a ticketable infraction which is not subject to powers of arrest or detention.



A Cannabis Licensing Authority will also be established to regulate the marijuana industry.



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