The legislation to decriminalise marijuana (ganja) is set to be tabled in the National Assembly tomorrow.
The issue of amending the laws relating to the decriminalisation of marijuana continues to engage the halls of public debate since the idea was presented by Attorney Nigel Hughes.
The proposition had received mixed responses from the Guyanese when it was announced that the government will be revising the law which punishes persons who are found in possession of small amounts of the drug for their personal usage.
Some Guyanese, such as the Rastafarians, applauded this motion while others criticized the government for contemplating such a bill.
This new bill, called the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances Bill 2015, proposes for persons who are found with marijuana, not for the purpose of trafficking, to be sentenced to a lesser time in prison or to pay a fine which will be decided by the court.
Should the bill become a law, persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal uses will be required to pay a fine of $10,000 or to perform community service for a period of time.
However, persons found with excess marijuana for the purpose of trafficking will have to face the full penalty, which is three years imprisonment minimum.