Cannabis movement commends Jamaica for passing ‘Ganja Bill’


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Andre De Caires.

CMC – Chairman of the Cannabis Movement of St Lucia, Andre De Caires, has welcomed Jamaica’s decision to give the green light to the so-called Ganja Bill, but chided authorities here for dragging their feet on the issue.

The changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act in Jamaica will make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable offence that attracts no criminal record.

“I feel more angry than vindicated,” De Caires told reporters adding that he had been advocating for years for the decriminalization of marijuana here, to no avail.

The Jamaica government is hoping to see significant economic gains from the decriminalization of ganja, particularly in the area of medicinal use, which is a US$2.5-billion market in the United States.

De Caires, pointing to the current economic challenges facing St Lucia, said that decriminalizing marijuana could be this country’s salvation.

“We have a vision and we have had that vision for a long time of a diversified, integrated agriculture industry,” he stated, but lamented the current St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the previous United Workers Party (UWP) Governments, had ignored arguments in favour of cultivating marijuana as an economic crop.

De Caires accused local authorities of persecuting marijuana cultivators here for a “victimless crime” of growing marijuana.

Nevertheless he felt recent developments in Jamaica would put pressure on St Lucia and other CARICOM  (Caribbean Community) states to follow suit.


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  1. Alll how I watch mate he deh like a old weed head since that's the only issue his interested in......smh

  2. Jamaica is know damn role model for us to follow..choops. Where all the weed plants from Anse La Raye? Hardest local grown is from that soil, hope they didn't weasel it out of the country to sell it back it us. I listening to hear the posser phony scientist claim their weed better for medicine when its damn Anse La Raye they steal it from..choopz! We not stupid people, take a stand for Helen.

  3. Andre you seem to love Lucia more than your native land. Why don't you take this highly economic activity to your country

  4. Caires-Trees. Castries get it!

  5. It just a time of maddness in this country,and land where we suppose to be happy living a free life till God calls on us

  6. the only way st lucia will decriminalize weed or even make it legal is when the rest of the carribbean and maybe the whole world make a step towards it and if st lucians itself can use the herb respectively of persons who dont smoke and if there is a reason to have weed on a large scale for instance like making clothes or other aspects derived from the weed plant it self which will be so many years down the line maybe de caires will be even dead. look how long slavery was being fought for to be abolished by many people and after all that toil and sweat it happened may years down the line

    • Dont you feel like the movement is on? Dont you see everywhere but St. Lucia is discussing it?

  7. Washington is now the third state to legalize herb. We are getting left behind

  8. When the cops get that plantation I hope there is more anger than vindication, its there, they will find it, for years its talk cause the operation is under the radar, don't trust a disgruntle employee.

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