Antigua And Barbuda Expunge Ganja Records

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has introduced legislation to expunge criminal records for individuals convicted of possessing small amounts of cannabis. The move will effectively erase these convictions, allowing impacted persons to withhold information on prior arrests or juvenile delinquency which can impact an individual’s ability to access housing, employment and with government agencies. The Parliament is expected to convene in July to consider this legislation.

In March 2018, the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) was modified to decriminalize possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis or cannabis resin. However, this amendment did not fully legalize cannabis, as penalties for selling the drug remain in place. Although a bill to expunge general minor offenses was passed in 2013, it was never implemented.

The current cannabis regulations allows individual households to cultivate a maximum of four cannabis plants.

We’ll have more reporting in the Summer, 2024 issue of the Magazine

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