Members of Jamaica’s Parliament have given final approval to a long-standing plan to amend the nation’s marijuana policies. Violators of the new law will receive a ticket and be mandated to pay a fine, but will not face criminal penalties. The newly Separate provisions of the measure seek to establish regulations allowing for the licensed production of cannabis for therapeutic purposes as well as for industrial purposes. Additional provisions of the bill provide broader legal protections for those who use the plant for sacramental purposes.
The Jamaica government is poised to relax marijuana possession penalties. The proposed change in law amends the Dangerous Drugs Act by eliminating criminal penalties pertaining to the private possession of two ounces of cannabis by adults. Rather, such behavior will be reclassified under the law as a “non-arrestable, ticketable infraction … which does not give rise to a criminal record.”