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A proposal to vastly reform Jamaica’s marijuana laws already has the support of the nation’s governing cabinet and appears poised to pass its Senate. Now, a top American official has weighed in, saying that it’s fine with the U.S. if Jamaica wants to revise its own marijuana laws.

William Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said, “we must have tolerance and accept that different countries will address their drug issues in different ways so long as they are committed to the fundamental purposes of [international drug control treaties] and that is to reduce the damage, to reduce the harm and eventually to reduce the abuse of these products.”

The Jamaican proposal would decriminalize possession of up to two ounces of ganja and create a system of licenses and permits to regulate a legal industry for medical marijuana.

While making it clear that Jamaica can set its own laws, Brownfield said that American law enforcement would continue to go after marijuana being smuggled into the U.S. from the island nation. “We will request and expect complete co-operation from law enforcement authorities of the Government of Jamaica in eliminating this sort of trafficking,” he said.

Brownfield previously made headlines by calling for a flexible interpretation of the three international drug control treaties, to which the U.S. and Jamaica are party to.
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