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St. Lucia organization scoffs at St. Vincent’s marijuana bill

Chairman of the Cannabis Movement in St. Lucia, Andre ‘Pancho’ de Caires, has rejected a historic bill decriminalising ganja for medical and scientific purposes in St Vincent and the Grenadines, stating that it is not for St. Lucia.

de Caires said the organization looked at St Vincent’s marijuana bill before it was tabled in parliament.

“We reject that bill wholeheartedly,” de Caires stated, adding that there are a lot of flaws. That bill is not something that would really benefit the farmers of St. Lucia.”

He disclosed that what is needed in St. Lucia is a measure that would create a path to upward mobility for the people who have been brutalised, unfairly jailed and discriminated against because of cannabis.

“We want to give these people a chance, it is…

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Marijuana News – This Eastern Caribbean Island Makes Marijuana History

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 14, 2018: The Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), made history this week by becoming the first Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, (OECS) member, to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes and scientific research.

SVG Minister for Agriculture, Saboto Ceaser, told the OECS that the passing of the Bill in Parliament on Tuesday, December 11th signified the Caribbean island was now positioned to become a leading medicinal cannabis hub.

Traditional cultivators, stakeholders and others also joined the government in celebrating the passage of the bill. The SVG government say it will now move to direct its focus toward implementation of the legal framework for the production of medicinal marijuana.

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Historic day for St Vincent Parliament with medical marijuana debate

Acres Agri executives attends the historic sitting of St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament on Monday December 10, 2018

By Robertson S. Henry

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament met in session on Monday, with top of the order paper for debate, being The Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill 2018, and the Cannabis Cultivation (Amnesty) Bill 2018.

A third bill – the Permitted Use of Cannabis for Religious Purpose Bill 2018 – was shelved because, according to prime minister and leader of government business, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the Rastafarian community had made pertinent representations on the use of cannabis for religious purposes.

In presenting the Bills, minister for agriculture, Saboto Caesar, told the House that the African, Caribbean…

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Marijuana News – This Caribbean Government Plans To Move With “Deliberate Haste” On Marijuana

Dave Mech, aka ‘Potsquach’, 57, of Springfield, poses for a portrait after purchasing recreational marijuana at New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton, MA on Nov. 20, 2018. This is the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Photo by Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 6, 2018: Another Caribbean government says it plans to move on medical marijuana soon, but with “deliberate haste.”

The Bahamas, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said this week the government will be moving to examine the controversial issue and develop a policy position. Sands said the process of approving the members of the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana has been completed at the Cabinet…

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Marijuana arrests and racism in Virginia (especially Arlington County)

Reefer madness.  The upcoming debate in the Virginia General Assembly over decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana may have racial overtones.  VCU Capital News Service studied the data for marijuana arrests in Virginia from 2010 through 2016.  African Americans were 3.2 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana crimes than whites.  At the same time separate research shows almost no difference in marijuana use between white and black Americans.  Across America it’s even worse.  Nationally, a black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for a marijuana crime than a white person.

Location, location, location.  VCU Capital News Service breaks down the data by locality.  You can find the numbers here.  The only jurisdictions where the per capita arrest…

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Marijuana News – This Canadian Company Has Announced A JV With The Caribbean’s Largest Medical Cannabis Producer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 16, 2018: A Canadian company looking to become a leading supplier to the cannabis beverage and edibles market has signed a deal to establish a joint venture with the Jamaican-owned Global Canna Labs Limited, described as the Caribbean’s largest medical cannabis producer.

Sproutly, a Vancouver-based company, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to establish a JV in January that will focus on developing, producing, distributing, marketing and selling cannabis-infused beverages, edibles and topical products derived from its licensed technology.

The plan is that products will be sold in Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, with potential expansion into European countries that permit importing cannabis products from Jamaica.

Expected to…

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