Years after Peter Tosh and countless others lobbied for the legalization of marijuana thru songs, the Jamaican government has approved the decriminalization of small amounts of ganja.
This means that when the law comes into effect, there will be no criminal penalty for possession of ganja for quantities of up to two ounces.
This was announced by Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding at a press briefing Thursday.
For years there have been calls from a wide cross section of Jamaicans for the decriminalization of ganja.
Organizer of the Reggae Film Festival, Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah who has championed the cause for many years is delighted by the move, but has some serious questions for government.
Entertainer Bushman says the decriminalization of a small amount of ganja is the best move the Jamaican government has made for a while.
Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medicinal purposes.
Approval was also given for the proposed decriminalization for religious uses.
Under the proposed changes, the dangerous drugs act will be amended to make possession of small quantities of ganja a ticket violation.
This will attract instead, a monetary penalty which will be payable outside the court system and will not carry a criminal penalty.