St Kitts-Nevis High Court judge rules rastafarians, users of marijuana have right to smoke in privacy of their homes
Basseterre. St Kitts, May 3, 2019 – A High Court judge has ordered that the Drug Act of St Kitts and Nevis must be amended to allow the religious use of .marijuana .
According to sources, His Lordship the Hon Eddy Ventose in a ruled that the laws should be amended and updated within 90 days after he made a declaration that Rastafarians and users of marijuana have a right to smoke in privacy of their home.
The case was brought by Samande “Ras Iya” Reid who represented himself .
Sources also indicate that two provisions of the Drugs Act were declared unconstitutional and those provisions are in relation to possession and cultivation.
The ruling is not just use of marijuana by Rastafarians but anyone who uses it in the privacy of their home.
Judge Ventose’s ruling also implications for persons awaiting trial, presently serving time and who were previously convicted under the two provisions in relation to cultivation and possession.
More information and clarification are to come from the release of the written judgment.