The Government Grenada has announced plans to develop its own model for the cultivation, distribution, supply and use of marijuana as it moves forward to enforce aspects of the Caricom Marijuana Commission report, which calls for the decriminalising and/or legalising of the drug.
At present, the use of marijuana is an illegal act according Grenadian law.
Notwithstanding, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, during a recent townhall meeting for residents in the constituency of St George’s South, noted that, “The fact is marijuana is known as a drug; we have to accept that. Cigarette is also known as a drug. Alcohol is also a drug. We don’t have laws against the use of alcohol, we don’t have laws against the use of cigarette but we have laws historical against marijuana.”
“[And] just like alcohol, like cigarettes, marijuana days for decriminalising, for legalising is coming too, that is a fact. The question is how it is done, what extent we go in dealing with the law as it relates to that drug use is something that will come forward,” he added.
Dr Mitchell, who is also the Minister for National Security, told the meeting, broadcast live on television and various social media platforms, that Government established a committee locally to review the Caricom Marijuana Commission report that will guide the country to set the framework for moving forward with the recommendations.
“Right now, a Bill is being prepared to look at our interpretation of how we go forward with the whole question of marijuana, what level of decriminalisation that should take place within Grenada, how it is done and what we allow and what we will recommend,” he said.
“The fact is marijuana is known as a drug; we have to accept that… We don’t have laws against the use of alcohol, we don’t have laws against the use of cigarette but we have laws historical against marijuana”— Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell
However, the prime minister did not provide a time frame for the legislative change, but he assured the public that his Government will provide the information as decisions are made pertaining to marijuana.
He also indicated that even though the law will change for marijuana use, consideration will be given to protect persons who should not be exposed to second-hand smoke with laws for banning smoking in public.
Dr Mitchell reminded the audience that over the years people’s views on the use of marijuana have changed, which led to his Government’s review of the legislation on decriminalisation.
“Trinidad has done its share. It says you can use a certain level of marijuana at your home with a certain number of trees you can have at home. Barbados has done something different. Dominica has done something different,” he said, referring to the different approaches adopted by regional jurisdiction for the free use and trading of marijuana. “Grenada will be doing its own,” Mitchell said.