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New regulations and laws being considered for medical marijuana


Regulations and laws have been drafted to accommodate a medical marijuana industry in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

While speaking at a press conference last week, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves revealed that he was recently informed about the progress of the CARICOM Commission on medical marijuana.{{more}}

“I’m assuming that the CARICOM Commission on medical marijuana will recommend that we move to establishing a medical marijuana industry. I can’t see how it could be otherwise,” Gonsalves said.

While the decision has not been made as yet, the Prime Minister revealed that this country has already been preparing for the possible outcome, by looking into the legal changes that will need to be made.

“I want to hear what the experts are saying and how we must do it and we do it together, but I don’t want to wait until the commission reports. We, ourselves, are studying the question, particularly the legal matters for medical marijuana and …I had someone look at our laws and …draft new regulations and laws which will be able to accommodate medical marijuana, assuming that the regional commission on medical marijuana says yes, go forward and give all the reasons on how we should go,” Gonsalves told reporters.

He further indicated that it is not the intention of SVG to follow US states by decriminalizing marijuana in small quantities.

“The commission is also addressing that, but I am addressing my mind to an industry which is possible; that is to say medical marijuana and it is only sensible for a progressive government to begin looking at legislation,” Gonsalves said.(BK)