Antigua and Barbuda’s Parliament has given the nod to a Bill decriminalizing the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis. The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill, was passed by the Lower House, will also allow a household to have up to four plants. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said cannabis is used by a large section of the population, and decriminalization is a form of re-balancing as authorities look to deal with the issue directly. He also disclosed that a poll conducted before the decision to move to decriminalization had indicated that 70 per cent of the population was in favour of going that route. He also indicated that there would be a public education campaign to sensitize people about the dangers of abusing the drug.

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