Canadian activist calls on Saint Lucia to get on board with marijuana legalization

By SNO Staff

 Share This On:

Marc Emery

(SNO) — Canadian Cannabis Rights Activist, Marc Emery, is urging Saint Lucia to get on board with the legalization of the now-illegal herb or face the consequences in the tourism market from his country.

Canada recently legalized the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes and Emery said Canadians are now free to carry the substance across their country.

He pointed out that Canadians are going to come to Saint Lucia, where cannabis is illegal, and if they cannot find marijuana easily and readily, they are going to bring their own from Canada, which might cause problems.

“This is going to cause situations at immigration and customs which will have people putting on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, oh I was arrested at customs in Saint Lucia and they took away my cannabis and give me a fine,” Emery told reporters in Saint Lucia. “This is going to be bad publicity.”

He stated that countries in the Caribbean that legalize marijuana will definitely reap benefits.

“You going to have five, ten thousand Canadians, minimum, coming this winter and they are not going to find cannabis and they are going to be frustrated and go to Jamaica,” Emery remarked. “And so, everybody on these islands has to realize that the people who establish this legal regime first are going to get the tourists from Europe, from America, from Canada…”

He added that people from around the world have the expectation of finding cannabis without difficulties since it is being legalized in many countries.

Antigua, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands are three Caribbean countries that have so far decriminalized marijuana.

(5)(6)
Copyright 2018 St. Lucia News Online. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

6 comments

  1. St.lucians are just ignorant , change is constant.. and most st.lucians fail to realize that. That's why we still have the same laws from way back, with no adjustment or changes.. our judiciary system is a mess. Everything that is used out of propation can be dangerous. I don't know what's wrong with some of these old folks bent on their old way. The henration gap is real.

    (0)(0)
  2. Some have become millionaires and many more are hellbent on becoming just as rich
    on the stupidity and the ill advise by the merchants and agents of sickness, suffering
    and eventual death. The Weed is often mixed with other potent drugs which they say
    provides them with the necessary 'high' and the young are suckered into that behavior.
    You only have to wait ten years from now and you'll have an epidemic on your hands.

    (2)(2)
  3. Whats the matter with these people......don't they know that colonialism has been abandoned now for over 60years?
    Why the threat...and then what......ban St. Lucians....Dominicans from entering Canada?
    I agree for medicinal use...but this wayward use of this drug is dangerous. Ive seen too many victims who has abused this so called herb drug and we continue to promote as a wizard drug.
    Please find something to champion upon that will uplift our poor people and increase in poverty by our corrupt leaders..mainly Dominica and Haiti.

    (2)(7)
    • THEO....Ummm..do you realize that decriminalization has conditions? It doesnt mean that people are gonna have all access granted to just consume anywhere and however they wish...ie. it can't be used "waywardly" Alcohol is MUCH worse on MANY levels and its seemingly glorified in the Caribbean. Alcohol has been like a plague to poor people. Are you aware that Holland is in the top 10 best countries in the world to live socially etc where marijuana has been decriminalized from 1953? "We" dont promote it as a wizard drug...professionals in the medical arena do (have you seen Dr. Eric Gupta, CNN medical correspondent's documentaries on the use of marijuana). So you're saying a PLANT that can basically market itself is not a viable option in a region that thrives on agriculture (and tourism)? Im sorry bro you just sound like one of those archaic holier than thou (can't see what you do behind closed doors) persons who most likely recently had a shot or two of whiskey. But no alcohol is probably fine right...better poor people in the Caribbean continue to engage in our libations and pretend its for God and country.

      (0)(4)
    • Oh yeah by the way you should read REAL history as to why marijuana was made illegal, starting from when big oil companies lobbied against Henry Ford for inventing cars that ran on HEmp oil. Or Big/emerging Pharmaceutical companies that realized that treating a person for life was more profitable than curing the disease so they would rather you use their medicine and get 300 seizures a week than use marijunana extracts and cut it down to a handful or none. Also...do you know that the fibres from the hemp plant are some of the strongest. Can manufacture shoes, clothing etc etc? Prior to the 1800's hemp was used for all sorts of clothing and textiles, ropes for shippers etc etc. How you think the colonialist slave owners who were heavliy invested in farming took that? This is from an MIT.edu site. Please read before you spew ridiculous comments http://www.mit.edu/~thistle/v13/2/history.html

      (2)(1)
    • Shu_t up you don’t know what your talking about. U really don’t.

      (0)(0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.