In a historic and landmark sitting of the House of Assembly, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica received approval for the amendment of the drug (prevention of misuse) act chapter 40:07 which decriminalizes the possession and use 28 grams or 1 ounce of genus cannabis.
The amendment stipulates that it shall not be lawful for a person to have more than twenty-eight grams of cannabis or cannabis resin in his possession. A person who has twenty-eight grams or less of cannabis in his possession is not guilty of an offence under section 7 (2).
Any conviction before the relevant date for an offence involving the possession of twenty-eight grams or less of cannabis resin shall be treated as a spent conviction.
Section 8 of the Act amended that it is lawful for a person to cultivate not more than three plants of the genus cannabis at his place of residence.
The Minister for the National Security and Home Affairs Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore introduced and read the bill, stating that with the growing international importance of medical marijuana, and the world trend of the decriminalization of marijuana for various uses; the Government saw it fitting to bring this bill to Parliament for consideration.
“The Government will therefore propose hat the possession of not more than 28.35 grams, that is one ounce of marijuana be decriminalized. We will go further and make the necessary amendments to have struck of from the records of those convicted for marijuana possession any conviction in respect of possession of 28.35 grams that is one ounce or less. Mr. Speaker the commitment to decriminalization was reiterated by the Honourable Prime Minister in the national budget address for the fiscal year, 2020/2021, in which he indicated that the Government will forge ahead on the matter,” Minister Blackmoore stated.