Headlines 'light up' worldwide with news of Ja decriminalising ganja

KINGSTON, Jamaica – News of Jamaica's move to decriminalise small quantities of ganja has gained much international media attention with some 160 online news articles, according to Google.

The topic also lit up Twitter after it was passed by the House of Representatives late Tuesday.

Some of the headlines dominating today's news on the issue include:

In the United States, ABC News, Newser and Mashable, respectively, headlined their articles: 'Jamaica Passes Act Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Pot', 'In Jamaica, a Little Pot Now No Crime', and 'Jamaica (yes, Jamaica) finally decriminalizes marijuana'.

Dunya News in Pakistan read: 'Ganja! Jamaica eases marijuana law'.

The United Kingdom's Sky News reported: 'Jamaica: Legal Ganja Law Gets Go-Ahead' and the Herald Scotland posted, 'Jamaica rolls out legal pot law'.

Sharing the link to various online news sources on Jamaica's historic move on ganja reform, Twitter users commented:

Kaycee Nightfire: “finally, something today is as it should be ... Jamaica (yes, Jamaica) finally decriminalizes ganja”

Josh Wexelbaum: “Jamaica just decriminalize ganja”

GlobalReport.org: “Whole World Dumbfounded to Learn That Pot Was Illegal in Jamaica Until Now”

IRISHANDCHIN.COM: “#ENEWSCHAT FINALLY! Jamaica has enacted new Ganja laws...”

Heinrich VI: “'Jamaica: Legal Ganja Law Gets Go-Ahead' Yes!! That's what I'm talking about! #LegalizeWeed Wake up England!!”

Twadio Show: “If you like smoking pot, Maybe u shud move to Jamaica. They passed a law decriminalizing possession of ganja #OpenLine Ya MAAN!”

Mike Elgan: “Jamaica just passed a law that decriminalizes weed. Oh, no: People are going to start smoking pot in Jamaica now.”

The debate on the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill, often referred to as the ganja law, was piloted in the House, by Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting.

The Bill was passed with five amendments in the Senate on February 6, piloted by Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, under intense scrutiny from the Opposition, during a seven-hour debate.

It then moved to the House of Representatives where the 2015 amendments were passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, after a marathon debate seeing more than 12 contributions from both sides of the aisle, among other things, establishes a legal and formal framework from which a legitimate Cannabis (Ganja) Industry may be developed in Jamaica.

Keleshia Powell

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