Possession remains an offence; however, persons will not be sentenced to terms of imprisonment as in the past, the release said.

This is the first of several steps that government intends to take as it considers the recently submitted Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Report on the use of marijuana, and in particular, “usages by our Rastafarian brothers and sisters who require it for use in their worship and sacrament”.

The decision comes after a long period of lobbying of the government by the Rastafarian  community and key members of the governing partner, the AFC.

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