Decriminalisation of marijuana
High Court Judge Randall Worrell yesterday recommended the decriminalisation of marijuana for personal use only, and not its legalisation as was reported in yesterday’s edition of our publication.
In his clarification of the difference, Justice Worrell explained today that decriminalisation meant that use of small amounts of the drug for personal, would still be illegal, but if caught, the accused would not have to go through the criminal justice system where he could otherwise be remanded or jailed or be blemished with a criminal record.
Instead, he pointed out, such a person would have the drug confiscated and could possibly be sent for treatment, thus avoiding the normal route through the criminal justice process, where the act would be treated as a violation rather than a misdemeanor or felony.
In this way, Justice Worrell said, such a measure would free up the police, court and prison resources for the more serious matters. (EJ)