Carrington to table motion to amend marijuana laws; Hughes flays Govt’s stance

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Parliament Buildings
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[www.inewsguyana.com] – APNU+AFC Regional Member of Parliament, Michael Carrington is set to present a motion to the National Assembly, which if passed, would see radical reforms to marijuana laws.

Alliance For Change (AFC) Chairman, Nigel Hughes on Thursday, December 10 revealed that the Bill intends to strike out the provisions of the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Control Act 1988 which mandate Magistrates to imprison any citizen of Guyana who confesses to or has been found guilty of possession of 15 grams or more of marijuana.

This is after Attorney General Basil Williams had cited the need for widespread consultations on the legalization of marijuana when questioned by reporters.

However, Hughes says the issue of the removal of the provisions of the Act which mandate the imprisonment of the citizens of this country for possession of small amounts of cannabis or cannabis resin is completely different in nature, intent and scope from that of the decriminalization of cannabis.

“The former is a simply a matter of whether in 2015 in a democratic society it is acceptable to imprison your citizens for three to five years for possession of 15 grams of cannabis, smoking cannabis or possession of smoking utensils for cannabis. It is an issue of proportionality of the punishment for a non violent self regarding act,” Hughes said in a Facebook post.

Chairman of the AFC and Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes
Chairman of the AFC and Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes

The AFC Chairman agreed that the decriminalization of marijuana is an issue on which there should be consultations.

“Our society will have to consider whether it would like to decriminalize cannabis but to continue to lock up and jail our citizens for three to five years for possession of a joint is cruel, excessive, unusual and inhumane treatment.”

Hughes also pointed out that convictions for more heinous offences do not carry mandatory sentences as such, the need for a mandatory sentence for marijuana should be revised.

“It is interesting to note that if you are accused of attempted murder, rape, pedophilia, felonious wounding, incest, corruption and fraud you are not subject to automatic statutory denial of bail and neither are you, on conviction, subject to mandatory minimum periods of imprisonment.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. Legalize it and put a tax on it just like many other parts of the world is doing..same route as other substances such a tobacco and alcohol witch has proven to be more additive and dangerous. .please do your research folks

  2. These lazy ganja smoking parasites are now being given the opportunity to lie back and puff all day and all night long, getting high on the weed. Soon after, there will be multitude of insane wandering the streets and villages. Go Granger; destroy the country. Let’s see who will be the producers of wealth for the nation’s development

  3. This opens the door for a lot of druggies in the country. And if you allow them to walk around and smoke and possess a small amount, where would they be getting it from if not a drug dealer? So in effect, this would be encouraging drug dealing in the country, and all the other attendant crimes that go with it.

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