In the recent sitting of St Lucia’s national Parliament, the Drug Act has been amended to decriminalise the possession of cannabis. This sitting was commenced at 10 am on Tuesday.
A maximum of 30 grams of cannabis for personal, private use for adults. This would be supported by a public education campaign on the use of cannabis.
In addition, the government would be cancelling the criminal records of the many who have been convicted for the possession of small quantities of cannabis in this country.
PM Phillip J Pierre said, “This is the first step of many as we seek to create a medicinal and recreational cannabis industry and decriminalise the use of cannabis. These amendments will benefit the people of Saint Lucia.”
This amendment would be giving a big relief to those who were feared for getting arrested by the police for the possession of 30 grams or more weighing cannabis.
PM Pierre added, “Rastafarians in Saint Lucia will be able to practice their religion without fear of flouting our country’s law.”
Parliament was also concentrated on amending the Consumer Protection Act.
According to the new protocols, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases on the island and the rise of Delta variant in the Caribbean. The government would not allow the public member to enter the Chamber Gallery during the sitting. They can view the live telecast of the proceedings through the official government channels, including social media.