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Trinidad: Marijuana legislation for Parliament by September

ATTORNEY General Faris Al-Rawi said legislation to decriminalise marijuana is scheduled to be in Parliament by September. Speaking at the post-Cabinet media conference last week at the Diplomatic Centre, Port of Spain he said the draft legislation has nearly been completed and, following Cabinet approval, will be laid in Parliament during the sittings in September.

“We worked on it up to yesterday in its near completed form.” Al-Rawi also commented on the announcement by National Security Minister Stuart Young at the Carenage Police Station sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday that attorneys from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will be working with police similar to the district attorney system in the US or the crown prosecutorial office in the UK.

He said the DPP Tobago office has been opened, the DPP San Fernando office at Gulf City was about to be outfitted and yesterday the Cabinet considered the outfitting of the DPP north office. He added about 95 per cent of the positions for legal officers in the lowest category have been filled by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) and the gap in between officers two, three and then senior officers was being worked upon by the DPP’s recommendations for promotions.

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