Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, has made it clear that arrests for possession cultivation and use of ganja will continue, unless the law in Saint Lucia changes.
He made the comments to reporters Tuesday amid reports that the Allen Chastanet administration is taking significant steps towards decriminalising ganja.
“Our position remains the same,” Desir asserted.
“Until the law has been changed, it is an offence to cultivate and use marijuana, offer it for sale and so on,” he explained.
He made clear that police officers will act on the existing laws.
“When that has changed then we have no choice but to act according to the law,” Desir asserted.
He urged citizens to desist from breaking the laws regarding marijuana, even if decriminalising of the substance may be in the making.
Commerce Minister Bradley Felix told reporters Tuesday that at Monday’s cabinet meeting there was consensus regarding authorising his ministry and the Attorney General’s Chambers to draft the legislative and regulatory framework to assist in implementing a cannabis industry.
“That also included looking at personal use, religious use and medicinal use,” Felix stated.
The government point man on marijuana said the mandate also included looking at scientific research and setting up a licencing regime to govern the industry.
According to the minister, the Cabinet also requested that consideration be given to expunging records of people who have been arrested, charged and incarcerated for less than 30 grams, without having violence attached to it.