The Office of the Attorney General has completed drafting legislation for the decriminalisation of marijuana.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi made the disclosure during a press conference at his office in Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday.
Al-Rawi said he would now have to seek Cabinet’s approval for the draft legislation before it is tabled in Parliament and debated.
He did not give timeline for completing the process.
A 33-year-old labourer from Penal was arrested and a quantity of marijuana seized by officers of the South Western Division Task Force during an anti-crime exercise, conducted in Debe yesterday.
Officers conducted the exercise around 3:45 pm, on June 24th.
According to police reports, surveillance was conducted on a shed located along Somai Trace, Debe, which was occupied by a male suspect.
Officers approached the shed and had cause to search the suspect who had a black bag in his possession.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection to marijuana found on her property some five years ago.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith on Thursday announced that Persad-Bissessar was not found responsible for the drugs on her premises in any way.
Griffith, speaking during the police briefing at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain responded to questions about the five-year-old case.
A teenager who admitted to selling marijuana to maintain his siblings and sick grandmother was fined $1,200 yesterday.
Odel Charles, 19, gave this explanation when he appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with marijuana possession.
His attorney Frank Gittens, told the court the teen’s mother died and his father did not play a role in his life.
He was arrested around 9 pm on Sunday.
Police have destroyed marijuana trees and dried marijuana worth an estimated $14.6 million.
Officers of the Eastern Division conducted an eradication exercise in Biche on Friday when the drugs were found.
The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Andy Belfon and included officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit and the Air Support Unit.
During the exercise, officers discovered four marijuana fields on approximately nine lots of land, which contained a total of 14,300 fully grown marijuana trees.
Eastern Division officers have destroyed over $5 million dollars’ worth in marijuana trees and dried marijuana, during an eradication exercise in Biche on Wednesday.
The exercise included officers attached to the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), Eastern Division Task Force (EDTF) and the Air Support Unit.
During the exercise, officers proceeded to a forested area off the Biche Main Road, where they discovered five fields containing 5,300 fully grown marijuana trees along with 22.5 kilogrammes of dried marijuana.
Marijuana trees and cured marijuana worth an estimated TT$4.95 million, were found and destroyed by officers of the Eastern Division Task Force. According to police reports, officers proceeded to a forested area in Biche where they came across five fields on 10 lots of land.
The lots contained 4,700 fully grown marijuana trees, 1,000 seedlings, 25 kilogrammes of dried marijuana and 25 kilogrammes of seeds.
The trees, seeds, seedlings and dried marijuana were all subsequently destroyed.
With April being declared as the international month of cannabis, the Movement for Social Justice’s youth arm is calling for an immediate moratorium on all arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
They are also calling for an expunging of all the criminal records of people previously charged for marijuana possession.