ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, June 27, 2018 (CMC) – Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, believes the time has come for Grenada to reconsider decriminalising the use of marijuana and other forms of recreational drugs.
“More and more we are hearing about countries that are placing less importance on criminalising the use of marijuana and other forms of recreational drugs, but it’s an area we have to examine.
“Maybe, in a sense, while we have one (where) smoking a joint a marijuana is considered to be a criminal offense, we may have to examine, to some extent, that area of activity, because we want to spend the police time, in dealing with much more major problems than just having to confront one using a joint or two of marijuana, outside,” he told a mass meeting of police officers last Friday.
“I am not a smoker, I am not recommending smoking; I am just being a practical person, that’s basically what I am trying to do, and I am sure, with the legal department and the police force, we should be examining this,” said Mitchell, who also serves as the Minister for National Security.
Over the years, well known criminal attorney, Anselm Clouden, has repeatedly called for Grenada to decriminalise the use of marijuana, for recreational and religious purposes.
The laws of Grenada permit a magistrate to fine a maximum of EC$250,000 for possession of marijuana, which is scientifically called cannabis.
Last November, Grenada enforced the rehabilitation offenses legislation, which provides for persons with convictions for possession of marijuana joints, to have their records be removed after four years.
Within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Antigua and Barbuda recently approved legislation to decriminalise the drug for recreational use, while within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Jamaica was the first to approve and enforce similar legislation. Throughout the western hemisphere, several developed nations have decriminalised the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.