SENIOR criminal lawyer Dana Seetahal says she is in support of decriminalising simple possession of marijuana.
On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran said the State should find ways and means to decriminalise the operation and the use of drugs.
Dookeran added that the concept is to decriminalise, as opposed to legalising it.
He was speaking at a signing ceremony for agreements between Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala.
In a telephone interview with the Express on Wednesday, Seetahal said what usually happens is that the offence is not prosecuted, as opposed to it being legalised.
Seetahal said people who are users are usually the ones charged with simple possession.
She said she was of the belief that the way to go is not to charge, but to treat them. She was also in favour of a drug rehabilitation court.
Seetahal said former commissioner of prisons John Rougier said a quarter of the prison population was there due to offences related to simple drug possession.
She said there is no need to draft new legislation, but instead establish policy not to prosecute those charged with simple possession.
She added that special consideration should be given to those who are in possession of a small quantity of marijuana and are held close to a school.