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

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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Lower House in Antigua passes marijuana bill

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A bill to decriminalise up to 15 grammes of cannabis for personal use was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill had its first reading in the House in December, but was subsequently sent to a select committee to allow for more public consultations.

That engagement was held on January 23 with recommendations calling for the proposed decriminalised amount to be raised from 10 grammes to as much as two ounces as it is in Jamaica.

Piloting the bill through its Second and Third readings. Prime Minister Gaston Browne stated that they had commissioned a poll before the decriminalisation move and that research indicated that 70 percent of the population was in favour of the move.

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MARIJUANA CONVERSATION CONTINUES IN CARICOM – National Consultation being held in Antigua and Barbuda

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The formal regional conversation on marijuana in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues today Monday 22 May 2017 with a national consultation in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Regional Marijuana Commission is today hosting three Focus Group discussions and a Town Hall meeting.  The discussions are engaging the Youth; Faith-based Organisations and Non-governmental Organisations; and Special Interest Groups.  The Town hall Meeting from 6:00 p.m, is open to the public and will be broadcast live in Antigua/Barbuda on Radio and TV and streamed live on the ABS and CARICOM Face Book pages.

The Commission, headed by Prof. Rose-Marie-Bell Antoine of Trinidad and Tobago , is composed of practitioners with  expert knowledge in a  variety of disciplines  including medicine and allied health, health research, law enforcement, ethics, education, anthropology, sociology and culture.

The consultation in Antigua and Barbuda is one in a series of region-wide engagements being undertaken by the Commission.

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Acting Chief Medical Officer to chair SKN National Commission on Marijuana

(Ag.) Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws alongside Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris at Wednesday's Press Conference.(Photo via SKNIS)
(Ag.) Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws alongside Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris at Wednesday’s Press Conference.(Photo via SKNIS)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 5, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, announced the establishment of a National Commission on Marijuana/Cannabis sativa, to be headed by acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel Laws.

Prime Minister Harris, speaking at his monthly press conference, said the establishment of the National Commission is a follow through of a commitment made by the Team Unity Administration to facilitate national engagement on the issues surrounding the production and use of marijuana in St Kitts and Nevis.

According to the prime minister, the other members of the Commission will be named publicly after discussions have been held with them. Membership is expected to be drawn from education, health, law enforcement, the banking association, religious bodies, the Rastafarian community and youth, among other stakeholders.

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Government ready for open dialogue on marijuana decriminalisation – PM Harris

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, March 17, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Prime Minister Harris, responding to a question while appearing as a guest on WINN FM 98.9’s Voices programme earlier this week, said the decriminalisation of marijuana is a matter for national consultation.

 “We have a submission going to the Cabinet hopefully next week where we are attempting to set up that broad based committee that would look at all of the issues involved in the use of marijuana and all other matters in relation to it, and that will have representation from the Rastafarian community, from health, from law enforcement, the schools etc., and such other relevant parties of course will have input as the commission, if you will, goes about doing its work and hearing from the people,” Dr. Harris stressed.

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