Rastafarian community shares views on decriminalization of marijuana announcement

Members of The Rastafari Nyabinghi Theocracy Order are sharing their thoughts following the Prime Minister’s announcement of new developments regarding marijuana use and related laws in St. Kitts and Nevis.

During a brief interview with ZIZ on Thursday, Member of the Rastafari Nyabinghi Theocracy Order, Ras Iron said the members are grateful to hear that the effort is being made to decriminalize use of marijuana.

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He said however that it was disappointing and “unjust” to hear that marijuana use for medicinal purposes was the focal point of the announcement.

During Wednesday’s session of parliament Prime Minister Harris said anyone caught with 15 grams or less or 5 plants or less will not have a criminal charge, only a ticketable offence

Ras Iron said receiving a ticket for the offence is a major improvement in comparison to conviction and harassment but says Rastafarians will not support the decision to limit their marijuana consumption.

He also used the opportunity to advise those persons who use cannabis in public.

Meanwhile, member of the Rastafari Nyabinghi Theocracy Order Ras I-Chad said considering that the announcements were made during the first phase, he looks forward to further discussions.

Member of the National Marijuana Commission and Public Relations Officer of the Rastafari Nyabinghi Theocracy Order, Ras Iyah said he is concerned that St. Kitts and Nevis is not ready to facilitate the medical marijuana industry.

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