Teachers’ Union Wants Support For Children In Light of Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana

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Friday 11th May, 2018 – The Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers is calling on “policy makers” to provide support to children and schools in light of the decriminalization of the use of small amounts of marijuana.

Amendments to the Misuse of Drug Amendment Bill 2018 several months ago now allow persons to be in possession of 15 grams of cannabis to be used for recreational purposes. The bill also makes provisions for persons to be able to plant a maximum of 4 cannabis plants on their property.

A&BUT President Ashowrth Azille, speaking at the union’s delegates’ conference on Thursday said while the move is being celebrated, there is a need to provide support to the vulnerable members of society, specifically children.

The union president also appealed for focus to be placed on mental health, adding that guidance counselors and others who are tasked with attending to children faced with mental and emotional challenges are under strain to adequately execute their functions.

A&BUT President Ashworth Azille.