Raymond Pryce weighs in on Obama’s comment on ganja legalisation

Friday, April 10, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – North Eastern St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce says that US President Barack Obama’s response to the decriminalisation of ganja during yesterdays Youth Leader Forum in Kingston is "both accepted and acceptable".

Pryce, who had tabled the motion in Parliament for the decriminalisation of ganja, which was subsequently reflected in the Bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act, went on to say: "While the US president's response was brief ,it is clear that the issue of ganja decriminalisation has been deeply considered. Not only due to the fact that many states in the USA have legalised or otherwise decriminalised ganja for various uses; but obviously many aspects of a post decriminalised regime have been contemplated."

"Mr Obama's responses are consistent with the thinking locally, within the Parliament and within the Government. In fact, the advice from the president regarding the approach that large corporations may take as they seek to exploit the business opportunities which will present themselves in a legitimate cannabis/ganja industry is timely, appropriate and correct.

"Hence, the consideration of affirmative action to protect local cultivators remains high on the agenda as we await the establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority and related regulations," the MP said.

MP Pryce also used the opportunity to congratulate the Government of Jamaica, officials at the United States Embassy and State Department and the people of Jamaica for contributing richly to what can only be described as a "mega successful visit" by the US President.

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