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.
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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