Guyana Rastafari Council criticises gov't decision to retain marijuana possession as a criminal offence

The Guyana Rastafari Council on Saturday criticised the government's rejection of a proposal to decriminalise the possession of marijuana rather than merely removing imprisonment as a penalty.

But Attorney General Anil Nandlall has said that changes to the narcotics law are aimed at finding a "delicate balance" between competing interests.

Mr Nandlall said, at the bipartisan parliamentary select committee, there were no amendments to the government-sponsored bill to scrap custodial sentences for the possession of 30 grammes or less of marijuana but instead provides for community service.

The Rastafari Council on Saturday said it planned to protest outside the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Monday when the amendment to the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act is expected to be debated and passed by government in the National Assembly.

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