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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Vasciannie, Stephen
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Article Title
In Re ganja: International law and the decriminalisation of marijuana in Jamaica
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Journal Title
West Indian Law Journal
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
2001
Volume ID
26
Issue ID
1&2
Page(s)
193-213
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Abstract
Offers a legal response to the question whether it is possible for Jamaica to amend local legislation pertaining to the use of marijuana without contravening international conventions to which Jamaica is party. Analyses Jamaica's obligations arising from the three international conventions on drug control to which it is now party, then examines the significance of denuncing these conventions which would seem to be required in order to decriminalise marijuana use and supply together. Concludes that Jamaica would need either to have relevant sections of the conventions amended or withdraw from all three conventions. In all likelihood, however, withdrawal would have serious economic consequences for Jamaica; for bearing in mind policies in vogue in the United States at the federal level, Jamaica would probably be decertified if it were to denounce its international obligations under the drug control treaties.....
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