Express decriminalization of cannabis for Trinidad and Tobago. The bill presented in November and passed in the House of Representatives in mid-December finally became law and came into effect on 23 December.

President Paula-Mae Weekes signed the act into law a few days before:

And whereas it is expedient that the Act should come into force on December 23, 2019: therefore, I, Paula-Mae Weekes, President aforesaid, do hereby fix December 23, 2019, as the date on which the Act shall come into force. Given under my hand and the seal of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the office of the President, St. Ann’s, this 20th day of December 2019.

Since last Monday, adults can have up to 30 grams of cannabis in their possession and grow up to 4 plants at home. Consumption must not take place in a public place, or in a private place to which the public has access.

As explained before, in parallel with decriminalization, Trinidad and Tobago intend to legalize cannabis through a second bill, the Cannabis Control Bill. Before progress can be made on the bill, a parliamentary committee has been tasked with submitting a report in February, which will describe the possibilities of establishing a licensing system to regulate cannabis-related commercial activities.

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