Jamaica is to decriminalise ganja by year end as the government moves to capitalise on the booming marijuana trade internationally, said Science and Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell. The minister confirmed that ganja will be decriminalised this year in keeping with parliamentary approval. Paulwell, late last year, had come out in full support of positive developments in ganja locally and internationally and said that "Jamaica will not be left behind" as interest and movements in ganja law reform and research and development grows rapidly. (See also: Ganja green light this year)
La Secretaría General de la Comunidad del Caribe (Caricom) cumplió con lo encomendado: investigó, contrastó opiniones acerca de la conveniencia de despenalizar el uso de la marihuana en el Caribe, y concluyó que sí es recomendable que los países del bloque exploten las propiedades medicinales del cannabis y se beneficien de su gran potencial económico. Estas conclusiones han sido plasmadas en un informe técnico.
In Saint Vincent and across the Caribbean, marijuana is illegal, yet it is widely used, freely sold and openly puffed. It’s evidence of the shifting attitudes over pot. Now, for the first time, Caribbean leaders — much like a growing number of American and Latin American lawmakers — are considering loosening restrictions to control and capitalize on the popular crop.
No último dia 20 de março, uma decisão do juiz Marcos Augusto Ramos Peixoto, da 37ª Vara Criminal do Rio de Janeiro, rejeitou uma denúncia do Ministério Público Estadual pedindo a prisão de um homem detido com nove gramas de maconha e 18 gramas de cocaína. Em sua sentença, o magistrado usou uma série de referências jurídicas para afirmar que o uso de drogas jamais deve ser visto como crime, mas sim, na pior das hipóteses, como um problema de saúde.
At the first Cannabis Conference held at the University of the West Indies, stakeholders have called for the criminal records of persons convicted for smoking small amounts of ganja to be expunged and are calling for the laws to be amended to allow for the personal use of small amounts of ganja in private. But while they want ganja to be decriminalised for personal use by adults and for religious purposes, Government must maintain its ban on the smoking of all substances in public and must put in place safeguards and education programmes to reduce juvenile use and demand for ganja.
Weed is legal in at least some form in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Most allow it for medical use only. Colorado and Washington this year enacted laws that allow recreational use by adults. But more than two dozen states are considering new or expanded marijuana reform legislation, including complete legalization for adults, medical marijuana, hemp use and decriminalization. Which are the next five states likely to legalize marijuana?
The Jamaican government has approved proposed amendments to the law that will decriminalise the possession of small amounts of ganja. Justice Minister Mark Golding says the government will soon table a bill in Parliament that will seek to expunge the criminal records of persons convicted for possession of small amounts of ganja. Speaking at a Jamaica House press conference a short while ago, Golding said Cabinet has approved proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act to make possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) or less a non-arrestable offence. (See also: Jamaica government announces major changes to drug laws)
On June 2, Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to the possession of small quantities for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical/medicinal purposes. Approval has been given also to a proposal for the decriminalisation of the use of ganja for religious purposes. The decriminalisation of ganja in Jamaica has been the subject of considerable study and recommendations over the years. A 1977 Joint Select Committee of Parliament which reviewed ganja use and legislation, stopped short of recommending its legalisation. (See also: Clear up inconsistencies in the proposed ganja reform)
La justificación por la cual hemos militarizado al país se vendría abajo si el mercado se regulara y fuera controlado por el gobierno. Sin un combate frontal contra el tráfico de drogas, nuestro gobierno podría enfocarse en los delitos de alto impacto como el secuestro, la extorsión, y el homicidio. Por estas razones, es importante apoyar las propuestas que se están discutiendo actualmente en las distintas legislaturas de México.
The Caribbean trade bloc Caricom has created a commission to study whether the region's roughly 15 million people should be allowed to use medical marijuana and how courts should handle possession of small amounts of the drug. Leaders said that the commission is expected to submit reports by Caricom's next summit, scheduled for February 2016. A recent preliminary report from Caricom found that decriminalizing medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy. (See also: Opposition says Jamaica does not need Caricom ganja comm)
On July 8th Washington became the second state after Colorado to offer recreational pot-smokers a chance to buy weed legally at a local store. Marijuana is still illegal in most of America. But there are substantial activities towards more liberal policies. In 23 states the medicinal use of marijuana is allowed and more states are considering legalisation. Oregon and Alaska will vote on legalisation in November; Floridians will decide on permitting medical use. President Barack Obama has chosen to take a hand’s-off approach to the issue of legalisation in Washington and Colorado. Yet if a drug hawk were to succeed President Obama in 2016, a clampdown on pot could well be revived.
Dos iniciativas que apuntan a despenalizar el uso de la marihuana se ingresaron en la Cámara de Diputados de Chile. La primera corresponde a un proyecto del movimiento de centro derecha Amplitud, que busca modificar la Ley 20.000 para despenalizar el autocultivo de cannabis para uso terapéutico y recreacional. La otra proviene desde la DC, que ingresó un proyecto de acuerdo que pide a la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet gestionar la modificación de decretos de los Ministerios de Salud e Interior para poder utilizar fármacos derivados de la cannabis sativa y permitir el autocultivo para fines medicinales.
Dos son los proyectos que promueven la despenalización del autocultivo de marihuana que están siendo tramitados, actualmente, en la Cámara de Diputados de Chile, lo que ha instalado el debate sobre los alcances que debe tener dicha medida. En ese contexto, el uso de la cannabis con fines medicinales de a poco ha ido sumando más adeptos. Pero algunos parlamentarios han manifestado abiertamente sus intenciones de que la medida se extienda a su consumo recreativo y sacramental.
A political agreement between all of the political parties in parliament for funding research into the medicinal effects of cannabis is seen as a sign that the nation may be prepared to adjust its cannabis policy. Despite numerous pushes by Copenhagen to legalise cannabis in the capital and the booming business in Christiania, Denmark has taken a hardline stance on cannabis. Following a World Health Organization report that called for the decriminalisation of all drugs, parties ranging from the ruling Social Democrats to the libertarian Liberal Alliance and the left-wing Socialist People’s Party said that it is time to reconsider Denmark’s position.
Smoking, growing, buying, selling or merely possessing cannabis is a criminal offence, according to America's federal government. Ask the states, however, and you will get almost 50 different answers. In 13 of them possession of the drug has been decriminalised, meaning that tokers face only minor penalties if caught. In 23 it has been legalised for medical use. And in four—including, following ballot initiatives earlier this month, Alaska and Oregon—cannabis has been legalised outright. In all only 22 states, fewer than half the total, continue to treat the drug as criminal contraband under all circumstances.
The 43-year-old war on drugs had never seen such a barrage of opposition as it did in 2014, with successful marijuana legalization initiatives in several U.S. states, California’s historic approval of sentencing reform for low level drug offenders and world leaders calling for the legal regulation of all drugs — all of which cement the mainstream appeal of drug policy alternatives and offer unprecedented momentum going into 2015.