The Trinidad and Tobago government on Friday informed Parliament of its intention to introduce legislation allowing for the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal and other purposes.
A statement from Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said there will be amendments to the Dangerous Drug Act and the introduction of the Cannabis Control Authority Bill.
Mr. Al-Rawi told legislators the government intends to have the matter debated in Parliament.
He brushed aside a suggestion from the opposition that the legislation will first be sent to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament.
The Attorney General, in his statement, outlined most of the measures that the legislation would contain, including allowing persons to have up to 30 grammes of marijuana in their possession.
There will be a fixed penalty for persons in possession of 30 to 60 grammes of the drug.