Antigua and Barbuda moves forward with the legalisation of small quantities of marijuana as Cabinet has agreed to send a draft law to Parliament for its first reading.
According to Telecommunication Minister Melford Nicholas while speaking during Thursday Cabinet briefing, the legislation will cause all fines for the possession of 5 grammes of marijuana or less to be eliminated.
Cabinet is of the view that the cost of pursuing convictions for such tiny amounts is very expensive. It further agreed that young males are also made to have criminal records that impede employment opportunities and eliminate them from acquiring visas to at least one large country.
Minister Nicholas said that the move is to ensure that young males are not criminalized for a failure of judgment that follows them all the days of their lives is not fair.
In April of 2015 during the launch of the Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting, The Minister of Social Transformation Samantha Marshall made the call for the government and other Commonwealth Caribbean Countries to join Jamaica in decriminalising possession of smalls of marijuana.