Vox Pop - 'Free up di weed?'
Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell has announced that Jamaica will this year join a number of countries across the globe in decriminalising ganja.
The Jamaica Observer West earlier this week, sought the views of persons across western Jamaica on the matter.
Here are some of the responses:
Nicole Frazer, customer representative, Hanover
"I believe it should be decriminalised because ganja has medicinal value. Cigarette is cancerous and it is legal. I never heard of ganja causing any health effects."
Giffery Lewis, photographer, St James
"It should be decriminalised. Cigarette is worse than ganja and they are not locking up anyone for it. Ganja is like a medicine and it helps to heal some stress."
Dawn Harrison- self-employed, St James
" Of course it should decriminalised. It is not making anyone mad and it is good for brain meditation. If you have stress ganja can help."
Vickesha Clarke: student , Trelwny
I don't think it should be decriminalised. Students will get the opportunity to smoke it and it may affect their ability to learn."
Renford Johnson- builder, Westmoreland
"Yes, it should be decriminalised. But they should put certain rules in place before they do it. For example, they must not let the rich only benefit while the poor suffer, or make some people plant 100 acres, while some can only plant two acres."