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Taskforce established to research marijuana

Published:Friday | October 25, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding has reiterated that his ministry is giving active consideration to reforming the law relating to the use of marijuana for medicinal use, scientific research and religious purposes.

He was responding to written questions by opposition senator Robert Montaque in the Senate this morning.

He said consideration is also being given for the use of the drug in private places.

Senator Golding pointed out that those considerations do not represent government policy.

He said while a draft Cabinet submission has been prepared, Jamaica’s international obligations are being considered before a policy decision is made.

The Justice Minister said the proposal is being reviewed by his ministry, after which it will be sent to other departments and ministries for their comments.

He said the opinion of the Attorney General has been sought in relation to the decriminalisation of ganja.

Senator Golding said a taskforce has been established to promote research and to regulate the medical marijuana industry.

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