Debate is currently underway in the upper house of parliament on a bill aimed at major reform of Jamaica’s ganja laws.

Lawmakers in the Senate this morning began debate on the bill, which is entitled the Criminal Records Rehabilitation of Offenders Amendment Act.

Under the draft legislation, convictions for possession of two ounces or less of ganja, smoking ganja, or possession of pipes or other smoking utensils, will not attract a criminal record.

Also, the bill is seeking to provide for the removal of criminal records for other minor offences.

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding opened debate in the Senate this morning.

Mark Golding, Minister of Justice.

Prominent criminal defence attorney and leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Tom Tavares Finson, expressed the Opposition’s support for the bill.

Tom Tavares Finson, Leader of Opposition Business speaking a short while ago in the Senate.