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Cabinet has appointed a Ministerial committee to review the recommendations of the Report of the National Commission on Ganja which was chaired by the late Professor, Barry Chevannes. That report was submitted in 2001.

The Commission will comprise the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Ken Baugh; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dorothy Lightbourne; Minister of Health, Ruddy Spencer; Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Christopher Tufton; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Olivia “Babsy" Grange and Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson.

The report recommended, among other things that: Parliament   decriminalises the use of ganja in small quantities by adults and also as a religious sacrament; the government launches a national education programme aimed at reducing the number of young people who use ganja; the security forces intensify their interdiction of large scale cultivation of ganja and the trafficking of all illegal drugs; the establishment of a Cannabis Research Agency; and that  the government ensures international support for these actions.

 

Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister