Lower House in Antigua passes marijuana bill

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A bill to decriminalise up to 15 grammes of cannabis for personal use was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill had its first reading in the House in December, but was subsequently sent to a select committee to allow for more public consultations.

That engagement was held on January 23 with recommendations calling for the proposed decriminalised amount to be raised from 10 grammes to as much as two ounces as it is in Jamaica.

Piloting the bill through its Second and Third readings. Prime Minister Gaston Browne stated that they had commissioned a poll before the decriminalisation move and that research indicated that 70 percent of the population was in favour of the move.

Read more at: Antigua Observer

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