INTERNATIONAL: New laws on crime, health and the environment in Queen's Speech

The government of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out "ambitious" policies on crime, health, the environment and Brexit in a Queen's Speech that opposition parties have dismissed as an "election manifesto".

Plans for tougher sentences for violent offenders and legal targets for cutting plastic pollution are among 26 bills set out at Parliament's State Opening.

But with the PM having no majority, many of the bills may not become law.

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.

Ganja activist sceptical about drawn out debate

Head of the Caribbean Col­lec­tive for Jus­tice (CCJ), Naz­ma Muller, says they are pleased the Trinidad and To­ba­go Gov­ern­ment seems set to keep its promise to bring the is­sue of cannabis pro­hi­bi­tion to the Par­lia­ment for de­bate ear­ly next year.

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.