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PRESS RELEASE – The Cannabis Movement of Saint Lucia would like to inform the general public that the Chairman of the Movement, Mr Andre de Caires, will be stepping down from the post at the end of July 2015. It has been four years since the birth of the organization which generally amounts to a term.
Apart from that, Mr de Caires has indicated that he has more pressing projects to focus on and does not want to spread himself too thin and risk any of the other projects suffering as a result of this fact.
Mr de Ciares has said that many of the goals and objectives of the organization have been realized during his term. He said, “To advocate and to educate.
We were successful on both counts. We staged a silent protest at the CARICOM Heads meeting in 2012 held at the Sandals Grand, as well as organizing two cannabis marches in 2013 and 2014.
We educated by making presentations at the Castries Town Hall, at a wellness fair on the William Peter Boulevard, to the Drug Squad and to a class at sir Arthur Lewis Community College as well as making many media appearances”.
Mr de Caires says though, that the Movements’ greatest accomplishment was hosting a meeting of stakeholders at the Ministry of Agriculture Vet Building in Balata in November 2013 where several recommendations were developed.
Mr de Caires says that there is still much work for the Movement to do and laments the fact that even though there are probably about thirty thousand regular users of cannabis in the country, there is very little tangible support for the Movement from this sector.
Also the fact that many of the activities staged by the Movement cost money and our coffers are almost empty, as a result we need funds to accomplish our goals and objectives in the future.
Mr de Caires would like to take this opportunity to thank the general public for their support over the past four years and encourages them to continue to support the efforts of the Cannabis Movement going forward.
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