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Antigua: Final consultations on marijuana law this Friday

Any group/organisation that wishes to have an input in the Cannabis Bill 2018 which seeks to legalise the use of the herb for medicinal, religious and sacramental purposes will get a chance to do so this Friday.

The government will be issuing invitations to a number of groups, while members of the public who want to get involved can approach the Clerk of Parliament, Ramona Small at Parliament Building, Queen Elizabeth Highway, and make a request.

That’s according to Ryan Johnson, draftsman of the Cannabis Bill 2018.

At 10 a.m. at Parliament Building, a five-member parliamentary Select Committee will engage the stakeholders, including Rastafarians and medical professionals, among others identified as approved healthcare professionals, on matters that concern them regarding the journey towards the legalisation and management of the industry thereafter.

Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, on Tuesday, appointed the following Parliamentarians to the Committee: Steadroy Benjamin, Attorney General – who will Chair the Committee; Samantha Marshall, Social Transformation Minister; Molwyn Joseph, Health Minister; Jamal Pringle, Opposition Leader; and Trevor Walker, Barbuda Member of Parliament (MP).

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