St. Vincent hops on the MMJ bandwagon

Just about two weeks ago, authorities in Jamaica approved of the island’s first shipment of oil extracted from the increasingly trendy marijuana plant to be exported to markets in Canada paving the way for the island to earn valuable foreign exchange from its latest export product but not all of Jamaica’s neighbors are sitting back and are continuing to treat any engagement with cannabis sativa as criminal activity.

Governments and the medical sectors in Antigua, St. Vincent and others are also moving to develop medical marijuana industries both for local and international consumption.

In the past week, lawmakers in the Eastern Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines announced that parliament was about to vote on a raft of draft bills that would set the stage for the island chain to have a legal and properly governed medical marijuana industry.

The vote on bills that would regulate the use of marijuana for medicinal and religious purposes as well as one dealing with amnesty for people convicted for possessing and using small amounts is set for the week of Oct. 15 and will likely be approved by bipartisan action as selected committees had been working on the draft for several weeks now.

Read more at Caribbean Life (Bert Wilkinson)

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