Faris Al-Rawi

(Flashback)Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi responds to a question during yesterday’s sitting of the Upper House of Parliament at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.

THE date has been set for the first public consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana in this country.

On January 23, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi will host the first in what is set to be a series of consultations from January to March.

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A release from the AG’s office yesterday said the conversations will engage citizens across T&T, including professionals, medical practitioners, secondary and tertiary level students.

A venue has not yet been confirmed for the first meeting but it has been scheduled for January 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Port of Spain.


OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) is attempting to deflect scrutiny of what she described yesterday as its failure to protect former Petrotrin workers.

Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan said yesterday he was very concerned about fraudsters coming into the country and operating and working illegally as spiritualists and “ripping people off”. Noting that there were such persons “all over the country”, Rambachan said they were sometimes being facilitated by local people.

THE Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) said yesterday it will meet with the United National Congress (UNC) on Thursday, following the party’s complaint that the commission ignored its request to investigate some “1,684 inconsistencies and anomalies” within several electoral districts.

FIVE officials from the Licensing Authority were among six people who stood before a Port of Spain magistrate yesterday morning accused of fraud, conspiracy and misbehaviour charges related to the re-registration of a vehicle stolen from a Petit Valley man last year.

THE Ministry of Health employee whose image was plastered over social media earlier this month and labelled as a “bandit” has instructed his attorneys to issue a pre-action protocol letter to the woman who made the original post, seeking a public apology and “significant” monetary compensation for defamation of character.