Guyana: Custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana to be abolished

(GUYANA CHRONICLE) — President David Granger said an amendment to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Control Act will soon be laid before the National Assembly to allow for the removal of custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana – an announcement which has been well received by the Rastafarian community.

In response to a series of questions put to him by journalists during a press briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency on Friday, President Granger said the issue was discussed at the level of Cabinet and an agreement was reached.

“We have taken a decision in principle that custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be legally abolished after the National Assembly comes off of its recess, you could look forward to that legislation,” the President told journalists.