Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says our ability to understand the social issue of marijuana is critically important to ensure that Fiji is on the same page with what is happening with the rest of the world.
He made this comment in the closing address of the Attorney General's Conference at Intercontinental Resort in Natadola last night.
Sayed-Khaiyum says as marijuana becomes more commonly available as a remedy for using to reduce pain, people will expect it to be given to them in Fiji too.
He says there is a shallow understanding of marijuana because everyone thinks that when you smoke marijuana you get high.
He adds that after the 1987 coup, the then government had put in place a law where there is mandatory sentencing for being caught with a little bit of marijuana in your possession, mandatory three months.
He adds that there is a need to demystify marijuana and understand it a lot more so the country has the ability to deal with it.
There was a session on legal medicinal marijuana at the conference this year.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.