Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi at a PNM campaign meeting in La Horquetta on Thursday night. Source: PNM FB page

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi announced tonight that the Bill to decriminalise marijuana will be laid in Parliament tomorrow.

Speaking at a local government campaign meeting in La Horquetta, Al-Rawi said that when Cabinet met today, members approved two pieces of law to be laid in the Parliament.

One was the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act to decriminalise the possession of marijuana, and the Cannabis Control Authority Bill.

The Bills should get the support of the Opposition UNC since Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said at a campaign meeting last week that if elected in the 2020 general election, her government would introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana.

Last week, Al-Rawi said the legislation will include the expunging of records of people who have been convicted for possessing small quantities of marijuana. “They need to be out of the system” he said.


Two weeks ago when calls had been made for another lockdown to be implemented, some members of the business community objected to such a measure, saying it would negatively impact their businesses and put their employees out of jobs.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-­19 death toll has climbed by nine while 565 more people have tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Health reported in its Covid-19 update yester­day that of the nine Covid-19 deaths, four were elderly men with comorbidities, four were middle-aged men with comorbidities and one was an elderly woman with comorbidities.

Single mother of one, Sherene Ali, suffered “a silent death” on Thursday afternoon after recovering from Covid-19.

The San Fernando mother and worship leader at the City of Destiny International Church (CODI) was yesterday celebrated by mourning daughter Shinnell Bissoon, who posted the news of her mother’s passing on Facebook.

According to Bissoon, her mother did contract the Covid-19 virus but this was not the cause of her death.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has declared Sunday, May 23 a national day of prayer.

The next two Sundays will be devoted to prayers for healing in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Office of the Prime Minister stated yesterday via a Facebook post that Rowley has declared May 23, 2021 a national day of prayer.

There is a desperate dash for oxygen tanks as Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid death and infection rates continue to climb.

People are shelling out thousands of dollars to purchase oxygen tanks from private companies.

Covid-19 affects the respiratory system, mainly the lungs, causing breathing distress in some people.