AG: Draft legal ganja laws completed

The Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al has com­plet­ed draft­ing leg­is­la­tion for the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of mar­i­jua­na.

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi made the dis­clo­sure dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice in Port-of-Spain, on Wednes­day.

Al-Rawi said he would now have to seek Cab­i­net’s ap­proval for the draft leg­is­la­tion be­fore it is tabled in Par­lia­ment and de­bat­ed.

He did not give time­line for com­plet­ing the process.

MATT concerned about some legislation that might infringe press freedom

The Media Association says it continues to be concerned with some pieces of legislations that it believes could impede the free operations of the media.

MATT made the statement in recognition of World Press Freedom Day today.

"The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) joins in solidarity with local, regional and international media fraternities in observance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2017.

Marriage bill passed in Senate; UNC members abstain

The Senate has passed legislation raising the age of marriage in this country to 18.

The bill was passed after 10 pm Tuesday, with a simple majority.

All UNC members present in the Senate abstained.

Those included Wade Mark, Khadisha Ameen, Gerald Ramdeen and Wayne Sturge

Independent Senator Danayshar Mahabir also abstained.

The legislation, known as the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill was passed by a margin of 23 for, none against, five abstentions.

The legislation now moves to House of Representatives for debate.

More speed guns and legislation coming

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says police officers will soon have more speed guns to use as efforts continue to make T&T’s roads safer for motorists and pedestrians.

He said this measure will be supported by legislation to introduce a points system as an additional penalty for delinquent drivers.

The minster, who spoke at Arrive Alive’s Walk and Ride at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, yesterday for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, revealed that he has lost relatives to road accidents.