What's today's weed news we go to great Trinidad and Tobago.
The Caribbean has long been a place where good Cannabis could be found. And in recent years, countries like Jamaica and others have started taking steps to fix their legal frameworks and readjust the way their laws treat users of this wonderful Herb. Well now it looks like Trinidad and Tobago is getting ready to join the party!
That is because Faris Al-Rawi, the nation's attorney general understands how beneficial the Cannabis plant is! He actually just submitted two groundbreaking bills to the Trinidad and Tobago House of Representatives that, if signed into law, would revolutionize the way the island nation treats Weed.
One is known as the Cannabis Control Bill and the second one is called the Dangerous Drug Amendment Bill. These bills hope to decriminalize Weed and create a legal framework to regulate everything from Cannabis cultivation to distribution, projection, extraction and of course consumption.
To be more specific, that Dangerous Drugs Amendment Bill would basically let adults have just over an ounce or 30 grams of flower, or up to 5 grams of Cannabis concentrates without having to worry about the possibility of getting in trouble with law enforcement.
If a person were to have more than 30 but not more than 60 grams of weed or more than 5 but not more than 10 grams of concentrates, they would receive a fine of $739 USD. If they took care of the fine by the deadline given there would be no additional legal consequences. However if someone does not pay their fine on time that's fine would increase substantially and the person may be forced to also complete a number of community service hours.
In addition, the Dangerous Drugs Ammendment Bill seeks to make it possible for people with previous Cannabis convictions on their criminal records to get those records expunged. Furthermore, the Bill also calls for establishing some kind of a Cannabis Authority that would be in charge of overseeing the licensing of everything Cannabis including all medicinal companies, scientific cannabis-related endeavours as well as any other types of cannabis-related therapists.
"The burden to the taxpayer of hundreds of millions of dollars expended in remand incarceration is as atrocious as the effect on the lives of the accused and their families... Convictions for possession of marijuana have derailed many lives as they stand as a bar to education, travel and employment," says Al-Rawi.
I absolutely agree with the attorney general and I'm excited about the fact that he is not alone in seeing cannabis for what it is and voicing his opinion about the need to update the laws in his neck of the woods.
"The benefits of cannabis are now incontestable and the deep wrongs that have been done to many, especially the marginalized and poor, because of the demonization of this plant, without scientific evidence must cease," says Caribbean Community Regional Commission on Marijuana chair Rose-Marie Bell Antoinette.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Its absolutely amazing to hear politicians and respected lawmakers around the world talking like this. It really keeps the hope in me alive and makes me feel like the world is not as bad as it would seem from watching the nightly news.
I can't wait until the whole Caribbean has decriminalized or maybe even legalized Cannabis because there's already so much bomb Trees there that it's a shame people still have to hide and sneak around with that shit.
But anyway, it looks like Trinidad and Tobago is definitely on the right track and that is amazing news. I was not able to find any deadline by which the House of Representatives is set to act and decide on how to move forward with these bills, but hopefully it won't be too long.
From the looks of it it's kinda starting to seem like 2020 might be a really big year for the amazing plant that is Cannabis - not just in the US but around the world. Let's hope that I'm right...
And for now, that's what's up with decriminalizing weed in Trinidad and Tobago.
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