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CARIBBEAN: Marijuana use prevalent among criminals in 7 Caribbean countries

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EFE – Marijuana is the most-used drug among convicted and accused criminals in seven Caribbean countries, according to a new study from Jamaica’s National Council on Drug Abuse.

“The highest proportion was reported in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the lowest proportion was in St. Kitts and Nevis, while Jamaica reported approximately 75 percent of inmates used marijuana,” NCDA Research Analyst Uki Atkinson said in a statement.

Conducted in 2014, the NCDA survey sought to explore the relationship between drugs and crime in Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Atkinson said that between 68 percent and 86 percent of all offenders had used marijuana at least once in their lifetime.

This year, Jamaica decriminalized the use of marijuana for medicinal, research and religious purposes and made possession of up to 2 ounces of pot a minor offense subject to a ticket and fine.

The updated law also mandates the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority that would grant permits for the cultivation, processing, distribution and sale of marijuana for medicinal, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

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20 comments

  1. Babylon and their lies....Youll should include lacing of the weed with all the heroine meth and pcp youll have on the market for them criminals to mix the herb with...Talk about that,you'll always try to scare the masses with lies and fiction.Ganja is the healing of the nation's it cures,it gives wisdom and meditation....So the people can see you'll propaganda,lies and wickedness...Thats why you'll have problems with the Herb,its a medicine,brain food.....You'll will learn,stupid politics...Legalize Ganja and shut up,CHOOPS.

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  2. I see all kind of commercial herbal teas exported from Jamaica. When will we get commercial ganja tea.

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  3. 100% of criminals drink water, perhaps water causes them to commit crimes as well?

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  4. Crap crap crap. .."respect marijuana..the herb 's sacred."

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  5. The person who made the test did they check the alcohol in their systems too

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  6. Oh!so that is why i have heard them saying,they are burning their mind.It motivates them with the high to commit crime.

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  7. The problem is not the herb but our mentality.

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  8. @International ...for years ganja made Jamaica relevant but the crime was always high so what u saying about calm. Thanks to Jamaicans & their blood magic St. Lucia is the way it is...these dirty dogs robbing all our medicinal plants for their pockets in America and you still wanna applaud them. DIRTY SODOMITES....WATCH Gomorrah turn them to its 51st state #6

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  9. @ WHO..pay attention, they have permit to grow and black helicopters burning all plantations in Lucia. Keep rating them while they rape and rob us blind.

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  10. Utter rubbish...Jamaica @ 75% choops. Why legalize weed and find fault after, backwards much.

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  11. The Commentator

    WELL MARIJUANA IS CHEAPER THAN COCAINE HENCE MOST CRIMINALS CAN AFFORD TO USE IT AND STILL KEEP THEIR SANITY.

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  12. NO BLAME THE HERBS.
    BLAME BAD PARENTING.LOL

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  13. Anonymous, well said! Take a look at Holland's economy...they are in the top three in the European Union, along side Germany and France. When will the rest of the Caribbean learn? Do we need to be forever dependent on aid, when we have the best grade?

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  14. Excellent Jamacia! Soon your economy will be booming. The other heads of state will follow soon...

    When criminal are going to do their crimes, they drink alcohol and take drugs like cocain. When they smoke good herbs, they put down their guns. Herbs help to keep you conscious about life; where as alcohol takes away your conscious thoughts. You are humble when you smoke herbs and violent when you drink alcohol.

    Your survey should highlight, the fact that the worst criminals don't smoke any weed. It also proves that too many innocent people are arrested for herbs.

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  15. We highlight only the negative news but the positive we keep it low .

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  16. It seems America wants to make all the profits,so the CARIBBEAN WILL IN TURN BORROW FROM THEM TO FIX THEIR ECONOMIES.THE WEED BUSINESS IS HUGH IN THE LAND OF UNCLE SAM.BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES.

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  17. and the people doing the testing had more than 90% of them toking at least once in there lifetime, totally irrelevant.

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  18. This research has no relevance. It could mean that marijuana is the poor man's drug in the Caribbean. It could be that marijuana is the drug of choice in general in the Caribbean. This does show any correlation between marijuana and crime. It is a sad attempt to imply a link where there may be none

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    • very well said. u save me from writing almost the same thing. they come with this report as if to say is weed that makin people commit crime....NO .. WRONG>

      on another note.. think I movin to JA...it decriminalize over there. permit to grow. yes JA movin in the right direction. when will other Caribbean countries follow.

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