The new ganja law is now in effect and the Rastafarian community is being recognized for the first time in any legislation as a group, with constitutional rights in Jamaica.
In an interview on the Wake Up Call this morning with Lady Rennae, Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding says the group will be allowed several privileges without the harassment of law enforcers.
Meanwhile, promoter of Rebel Salute, Tony Rebel, says the new law is a start to getting the drug legalized and he welcomes government’s move.
In February, the amendment was made to the Dangerous Drugs Act (more commonly referred to as the ganja law) in the House of Representatives. The legislation makes the possession of two ounces, or less, of ganja an offence that has a fixed monetary penalty of $500 but no arrests can be made.