St. Vincent and the Grenadines Government says no to recreational marijuana use

Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves speaking in Parliament on Monday, during the delivery of the 2018 budget address (Photo via SearchLight)

Even though the Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration is exploring its options in the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes, it is not currently prepared to legalize ‘weed’ for recreational purposes.

“Unregulated consumption of recreational marijuana poses a number of risks and challenges that we do not currently have the data on which to make informed decisions, or the capacity to manage effectively,” Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves told Parliament on Monday, during the delivery of the 2018 budget address.

The Minister’s comments on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, came days after prospective New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for South Central Windward, attorney Israel Bruce, criticized the Government for its desire to enter the medical marijuana industry, stating that the venture will not help small farmers. Bruce said that if elected, he will support weed for recreational use.
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