The issue of marijuana legalization was again brought to the fore in Trinidad and Tobago, on Friday night. In South Trinidad, local reggae artiste, Prophet Benjamin called for government to give serious thought to the move. His sentiment was echoed by internationally acclaimed reggae superstar, Chronixx who headlined the One Heart Caribbean concert event held in South Trinidad.
Newsday newspaper is today reporting that Attorney General Faris Al Rawi in responding to the artistes’ requests for marijuana legalization said the government does not have a position on the matter just yet.
“The research on that topic is one which appears to be in multiple places at the same time. Professor Velma Newtown of the Caricom Justice Sector, the legal affairs committee of Caricom, has actually called for a contribution on this topic, so it is a Caricom-wide discussion.
“Secondly, there are interest groups, including UWI professor Rosemarie Bell Antoine, who have called for a discussion on it. The Centre for Economic Studies has also called for a discussion on it. The Ministry of National Security, which is closer to the Government, is conducting an investigation into the data behind it. The number of people with offences, the kinds of facts that we have.”
– Attorney General Farris Al Rawi.
Chronixx said too many people were institutionalised for small amounts of marijuana. Jamaica is one of the countries that has decriminalised the use of small amounts of marijuana.