Cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago

The manufacturing, selling and possession of Cannabis is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago.


In 1915 Trinidad created the Ganja Ordinance, by which all cannabis sold on the island was gathered into bonded warehouses and distributed only to sellers who paid a license fee, similar to the system found in Bengal.[1] Cannabis was banned in the islands in 1925.[2]


In 2018, the head of the Caribbean Collective for Justice has called for the nation to decriminalize cannabis.[3] In December 2018, Prime Minister Keith Rowley stated that cannabis would become decriminalized some time in June 2019.[4] And up until 4th July 2019 no change was seen.


  1. ^ James H. Mills (11 September 2003). Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade, and Prohibition 1800-1928. OUP Oxford. pp. 139–. ISBN 978-0-19-155465-0.
  2. ^ Axel Klein; Marcus Day; Anthony Harriott (13 November 2004). Caribbean Drugs: From Criminalization to Harm Reduction. Zed Books. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-1-84277-499-1.
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  4. ^ Hughes, Calvin (January 19, 2019). "Two Groups of Caribbean Islands Just Changed Their Marijuana Laws". Civilized. Retrieved May 5, 2019.