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Are weeds authorized in Vanuatu?

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Located about 2,307 miles off the east coast of Australia, the island nation of Vanuatu will soon see legal medical weeds in its land. They will join a number of other Pacific island nations legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes.

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Vanuatu weed laws

Vanuatu’s Dangerous Drugs Act has dictated Vanuatu’s drug laws since 1939. The penalties under this act are not based on the amount of drug or type. This imposes a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and / or a fine of 100 million VUV (approximately $ 920,000 at the time of writing). can apply to 5 kg of cocaine or some joints of cannabis.

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Because of this outdated attitude, the Vanuatu Law Commission has made some recommendations on changes to Vanuatu’s drug laws. However, some of these recommended changes appear to be harder for cannabis. However, for small ownership cases, they recommended a lighter approach.

Proposed changes to these laws

The full list of proposed changes and recommendations can be found here. Some interesting recommendations from the report are:

These drugs have to be divided into different classes depending on how dangerous they are and what effects they have on people and society. Grade A – hard drugs and Grade B – for marijuana and other drugs. Advertising of drugs, especially marijuana on clothes and pictures, must be banned as it promotes the existence and use of marijuana. This new section has been incorporated into the new law for longer sentences for hard drugs including marijuana. – This recommendation applies to any trade, trade, manufacture or supply. The law provides that the police can report violations to adult first or second offenders who are charged with possession of 2 joints or less than 50 g of cannabis. The law encourages the police to relate for community work and
Advice for first, second or third offenders under the age of 18 and adults of first or second offenders who have been arrested for possession of two joints, a pipe or bong or less than 50 g of cannabis.

For now, these recommendations are just that; Recommendations. If a person is caught with a few grams of cannabis in Vanuatu, the prospect of years in prison still exists. One area where the law has relaxed is in medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana

Medicinal weeds are now legal in Vanuatu. The country has reportedly been looking for an answer to a diabetes epidemic. A few years after the announcement, details are still rare, including from the Vanuatu government website. At this stage it appears to be more of a cannabis-based derivative than the plant itself. In any case, a great first step for the island nation.

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Beth Edmonds