High time CARICOM discuss legalising marijuana – Gonsalves

“As a consequence of the US wielding that big stick over our head, our politicians are in fear”
Caribbean360 (Barbados)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ralph GonsalvesPrime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has written to the chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping calling for a discussion on the medicinal and other uses of marijuana. In his letter Gonsalves said it is high time that CARICOM addresses regionally “this matter in a sensible focus not hysterical manner”. He said that the marijuana plant has a bundle of proven and potentially beneficial uses and while it is true that its use and abuse and the consequential criminalisation of its cultivation, possession and supply have impacted on the health, welfare and security of the people. Gonsalves in his letter made a plea for “a reasoned debate” led by CARICOM political and civic leadership in the context of the legislation of marijuana.