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Rastafari Council deplores retaining marijuana as a criminal offence; Attorney General says it’s a “delicate balance”

The Guyana Rastafari Council on Saturday assailed government’s rejection of a proposal to decriminalise the possession of marijuana rather than merely removing imprisonment as a penalty but Attorney General Anil Nandlall has already said that changes to the narcotics law are aimed at finding a “delicate balance” between competing interests. Mr Nandlall said, at the bipartisan parliamentary select committee, there ...

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Teenage girl rescued from being trafficked in gold mining area

A 14-year-old girl, who says a woman was taking her into a gold mining area to sell alcohol, has been rescued and handed over to the Child Care and Protection Agency. Police are treating the offence as Trafficking In Persons. The woman, who was arrested at the Bartica Ferry Stelling, also remains in custody. Police say they found almost 500 ...

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Gold miner on charge for marijuana in bucket

A gold miner of Light Street, Georgetown has been charged almost 300 grammes of marijuana for the possession of trafficking. Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan granted 51-year-old Derrick Cox bail in the sum of $100,000 bail. Mr. Cox, whose address is 105 Light Street, Georgetown, has to return to court on March 14. The case has been transferred to the ...

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Granger urges youths not to smoke, cultivate certain plants

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) presidential candidate, David Granger, Sunday night sought to discourage youths from planting what he strongly suggested to be marijuana and instead get into value-added agriculture and pursue educational opportunities. Urging youths against idleness like smoking and ‘liming’, he said Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) has a number of worthwhile job opportunities in ...

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Second prison officer held for alleged marijuana possession

A prison officer attached to the Lusignan Prison was found with a quantity of suspected marijuana when he was searched upon reporting for duty. Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels says the alleged marijuana was hidden in the officer’s underwear. The police have since been called in to investigate the matter. This is the second officer, within three days, caught with ...

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2 arrested for 42 kilo marijuana bust at Parika

Two men of Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, were arrested by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit agents  after they were allegedly found with 42 kilogrammes of marijuana. The anti-drug agency said 39-year old Shafeek Latif and 35-year old Naresh Totaram were arrested at Parika Public Road East Bank Essequibo on October 15 during an early morning search. CANU said both ...

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GDF officer arrested for drug, gun possession

A senior Guyana Defence Force (GDF) coast guardsman has been arrested allegedly with an illegal gun and a quantity of marijuana in his possession, police said. The GDF said Lieutenant Dominique Gilpin has since been interdicted from duty and investigation has been launched. The GDF says it has launched an investigation into the arrest and detention of Gilpin. “As is procedure, ...

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Ganja penalty at centre of fresh political controversy; gov’t says possession still illegal

Government on Tuesday appeared to have back-pedaled from its position hours earlier that persons caught with small amounts of marijuana would not be jailed even as steps were being taken to amend the legislation, instead now saying that possession is still an offence until the law is amended. “Possession is still illegal. The Government only proposes to remove custodial sentences ...

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