He said it is expected that the legislation will take between two to four weeks before it is passed, unless it is usurped by bills requiring greater priority.
He also announced that the country will not legalise ganja at this time.
Ganja lobbyists have pointed out that with Uruguay and four U.S. states legalising ganja, Jamaica should follow suit or be left behind.But according to Golding the circumstances are different.
He said with Jamaica having a history of being a transshipment point for drugs – there would be a different reaction if the drug is legalised.
He noted that the recent pronouncement from the Obama Administration not to use federal law enforcers to prosecute ganja users in states which have legalised the drug, does not give Jamaica the green light to follow suit.
Lobbyists contend, that once ganja remains illegal, the profit from its growth and distribution will remain in the hands of criminals.
They say legalising ganja would transfer the profit from criminals to the government in the form of taxes, licenses and fees.
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