Misinformation about ‘ganja’ throughout the decades formed the biases in our minds. As a result many of us developed a belief system through domestication of our society on the ‘weed’. Those of us who no longer smoke it, those who tried but would not admit to such may not like the product for our own personal consumption anymore. However, with research and medical marijuana playing such a vital role in the lives of both children and adults across the USA, it would be total idiocy to ignore the new findings.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, I will be bold enough to say, if certain ‘sickness tek u’ and you were told by your Doctor that a daily dose of the ‘weed’ would bring significant relief to your condition, I daresay you would not hesitate to try it.
Incarcerating citizens for such an amount was asinine and I look forward to Jamaica zoning in on medical facilities where ‘ganja’ can be sold as a top class product unique to Brand Jamaica and be exported also.
GG gives assent, ‘Ganja law’ now in effect
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
GOLDING… my understanding is that the signed Bill is now on its way back to Parliament
THE governor general has given his assent to the Bill amending the Dangerous Drugs Act, making possession of two or less ounces of ganja a ticketable offence.
Justice Minister Mark Golding made the disclosure yesterday, just over a month after the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the legislation now being called the Ganja law.
“My understanding is that the GG has now assented to the Bill and the signed Bill is now on its way back
to Parliament,” Golding informed advocates of decriminalisation or legalisation of marijuana, who were anxious that the amendments became law as soon as possible.
The House passed the Bill on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, following which it was expected to be signed into law about a week later. But Golding did not say what might have contributed to the apparent delay in the Bill returning to Parliament from King’s House to be gazetted.
During the month-long wait, there was speculation among some ganja advocates that Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith, might have been having difficulties giving his assent to the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act.
The Act is highlighted by a provision making possession of two or less ounces of ganja a ticketable offence, among other provisions that could pave the way for establishment of a ganja industry that advocates believe would make a dent in poverty here.
“When they (Parliament) receive it, they will send it to the Printing Office for gazetting,” Golding assured.