Only recently, Jamaica amended its laws to legalise the substance. The iNews Poll asked, “Should Guyana adopt Jamaica’s recent decision to legalize marijuana for medicinal and cultural purposes?”
In response, 88 percent voted ‘yes’, 11 percent noted ‘no’ and one percent of voters were undecided.
Recently, the Jamaican government proposed amendments to its laws in relation to the use of the substance. The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as “ganja.”
Mr Golding also said marijuana would be decriminalised for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes. It is expected parliament will approve the changes by September.
“I wish to stress that the proposed changes to the law are not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes,” said Mr Golding.
Correspondents say the government plans are a major victory for Jamaica’s Rastafarian movement, which considers ganja sacred. Recent changes in drug laws in countries like Uruguay or in American states such as Colorado have also given impetus to campaigns by local farmers and some politicians for the legalisation of marijuana.