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Caricom leaders to debate marijuana legalisation

Bert Wilkinson, The Associated Press

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Researchers with a Caribbean trade bloc have found that decriminalising marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the region’s sluggish economy.

Caricom leaders are expected to talk about the preliminary report in a two-day summit that begins Monday in the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent. The report was released Friday to The Associated Press.

Experts said the Caribbean already has a built-in competitive advantage with marijuana cultivation, noting that Jamaican researchers have launched a company that produces therapeutic and cosmetic products derived from the plants.

“The region may wish therefore to explore any commercial benefit from a potential multi-billion industry including research and development and also the production of medical marijuana products,” the report stated.

Activists in Jamaica, St. Lucia and other islands have pushed to legalise marijuana use, with Jamaica’s health minister recently stating he was “fully on board” with medical marijuana. However, many in the Caribbean still consider it a dangerous drug, and marijuana possession can lead to jail time and stiff fines across the region.

Caricom spokesman Leonard Robertson said leaders would examine the report next week, but noted it is not a key issue on the agenda. His comments were echoed by others including St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. Marijuana has been decriminalised in other parts of the Western Hemisphere.

Uruguay recently became the first country to approve nationwide pot legalisation, while the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado passed recreational laws in 2012. In addition, 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia already have medical marijuana laws.

 

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22 comments

  1. If your kid smokes a black joint it means that you lack parenting skills. Are you telling me that your kid now smokes cigarettes or drinks alcohol? Because they ARE LEGAL.

    I noticed i was bashed when i advocated for this now it seems we now have many pro Ganja people on this post. I have a feeling that nothing is good in St. Lucia unless a POLITICIAN says its good. This is the same mud trap that we have found ourselves in. KIM JUNG UN would be pleased with us.

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  2. Legalize it!!!!!!!

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  3. st lucia i belong

    we are waiting for the americans when they legalize it package it and export it to us then its good!!

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  4. Legalization can be a tricky thing to get to but Decriminalization is something that can be worked towards.

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  5. Not until the big phamas can make money off it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWPmUfZPtRc

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  6. Bout time!!!

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  7. If it is ever legalized witch I think is a matter of time, I hope restrictions are put on it to protect the kids and non-smokers in general. No one should be free to puff their smoke in another's face in public. Restrictions put on possession and smoking should be vigorously enforced.

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  8. ...most persons who OPPOSE legalization of marijuana,are the same persons who SUPPORT GAY RIGHTS...WTH is going on....LEGALIZE the dam thing already!!!!!!!!

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    • or drug dealers and their political buddies who realise that once its legal drug dealers wouldn't have as much money and influence as they do now. and the crazy god squad who believe.... lol who knows what they believe?

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  9. yall ... talk against legalizing the herb...a plant with real benefits...but yall aint talking against tobacoo(benson,corner,admiral,cigars...)neither are yall talking against alcohol(beers,liquor...)...is it because yall fear that the poor will finally have money unlike the wealthy who controls the huge coporations who destroy our lives every minute...alcohol leads to drunkeness...drunkeness causes family to disappear...road fatalities...death...tobacco causes cancer to death...bad judgement and family separation...if u fight against the herb u need to be fighting against these things too...

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  10. st lucia i belong

    Only then will the crime rate drop!

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  11. About time! Put some restrictions on it to stop those who give it to youths. Then tax it by issuing permits.

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  12. When are we going to take the lead. The decriminalisation of marijuana is inevitable why fight it. are we waiting to feed at the trough after every body has had theirs, or should we not be having the icining.

    G.J

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  13. It's about time we have the perfect climate...

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  14. At least some good can come out of it.

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  15. Them fellas that wanna talk legalization.....wait when their kids smoke a black joint........coo coo

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  16. Time to legalize d weed.....so we all can get high....trigger happy cops...doctors...nurses....lawyers....ministers......school kids........wow what a wonderful caribbean it would.....a bunch of stoned public servants......have u people ever wondered what that would do to your human resource.......boy to hell with human resource ....MONEY FIRST N TO HELL WITH THESE PEOPLE.

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  17. Funny really. Your masters in the US are going full steam ahead legalising the stuff. Yet the kids still debating.

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  18. I am all for the medical use of ganga and for cultivation for export>It would be employment for more people and the return will be good for the country.If rum is consume at will we can have medical ganga use which is prevalent anyway.I AM NOT A GANGA USER,AND WILL NEVER BE but it is a good idea to boost the economy.

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  19. Yeah, get with the times!

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