Claude Swami Jeffers

‘GANJA BOOSTS CREATIVITY’: Mas designer Claude Swami Jeffers displays a marijuana plant sign during Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi’s public consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana, at NAPA auditorium, Port of Spain. –Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

A “new State” will be created next week when weed is decriminalised in Trinidad and Tobago.

So said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley who announced today that President Paula-Mae Weekes is expected to proclaim the legislation for the decriminisaltion of marijuana on Monday December 23, 2019.

Rowley said the Cabinet approved the date for the proclamation of The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Bill was passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Rowley, speaking at the Post Cabinet news conference today said once the law is proclaimed it opens doors to several things including the release of prisoners who are currently incarcerated for small quantities of marijuana.

“Once it is proclaimed a new State will exist and that will allow us to do a number of things including persons who are incarcerated for the minimum quantities, to be released and persons who have to get their records expunged there is a process,” he said.

Once decriminalised, some of the benefits include: a person would be able to possess 30 grams of marijuana and under. They would also be able to have four marijuana plants – male or female- at their home per person.

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Dr Shival Sieunarine, 33, died in the Intensive Care Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he had been taken for treatment after falling severely ill.

In a 30-minute virtual funeral service, friends and relatives said goodbye yesterday to the Siparia father and son who died from the Covid-19 virus hours apart last week.

Five relatives were allowed to witness the double cremation at Belgroves Funeral Home and Crematorium in San Fernando.

The Covid-19 death toll continued to increase alarmingly, with seven more deaths being recorded by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The death toll jumped from 196 on Friday to 203 by yesterday evening.

It is the second time this number of deaths has been recorded in one day since the start of the pandemic.

The Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is safe and has undergone a rigorous assessment by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This was Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh’s response to Oro­­pouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal yester­day after Moonilal warned people to be cautious about being used as “guinea pigs” for the vaccine, which only has emergency-use approval.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh’s tears have moved Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez to act decisively to put an end to liming on the Brian Lara Promenade.

Effective immediately, the Promenade is entirely off-limits.

The public will not be allowed to even walk through the Promenade and should instead use the pavements.