Despite some minor setbacks, the marijuana commission will be pushing for public consultations early next year.
This is the word from Head of the marijuana commission and Social Transformation Minister Samantha Marshall.
“I will accept that the commission did have some challenges and so we could not move along as much as I would have liked but we have to accept that it is time that we bring our work to an end and in order to do so we need to have our public consultations now with all the information that we have,” she said.
Minister Marshall added that with the Government has revealed plans to take a legislation to decriminalize 5 grams of marijuana to parliament, consultations will be even more important during and following the enactment of the law.
“In my view even if the government provides the bill for the 5 gram during the terms of reference it opens it up for further discussion and so persons will have a greater level on which to participate in the discussion,” the Minister noted.
She said that discussions have already begun with a number of bodies including the Office of National Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.