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Jamaica to reduce penalty for marijuana possession to a fine

The Jamaican government has decided to lighten the penalty for the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as “ganja.”

Possession of small quantities would become a non-arrestable, ticketable infraction in Jamaica resulting in a fine.

The government will also propose a bill in the Jamaican Parliament soon that will expunge the criminal records of people convicted for possession of small amounts of cannabis, which is grown widely across Jamaica.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

The change means that a person cannot be arrested if they have in their possession up to two ounces of pot in a public space.

Anyone ticketed will be given 30 days to pay the fine, failure of which will result in it becoming a minor offense, resulting in the offender doing court-ordered community service.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. Kimberly Wallis
    October 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    YES it’s a natural God givin herb that has many positive uses!!