The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, confirmed that there will be a public consultation on the decriminalization of marijuana.
The consultation was announced by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi at a media conference at the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Headquarters at Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas.
Rowley explained that the government is unable to decide the outcome based on one person’s request or needs, but must also consider the opinion of the entire population.
Previously it was stated by Rowley that marijuana decriminalization was not a priority.
“The priorities that this country has are many. Because something is not a priority that does not mean that it is not going to be attended to. There are other situations that we have to give priority to, but it did not mean that we are not going to address it.”
Nazma Muller, a prominent marijuana advocate, hand-delivered a petition that was signed by over 10,000 people to the Prime Minister. She later discussed the matter with Al Rawi.
Rowley explained that a decision will be made based on the national consultation and it will be a balanced decision which benefits the entire country.
“I am happy that there are persons who have raised it and who are prosecuting it in the public domain. We join the conversation and I now invite the national community to join the conversation but as you do so, do it with some civility and common sense and it doesn’t mean that your point of view is the only one that matters or the only one that makes sense.”
He urges the public to participate in the consultation in a civil manner.