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Stuart: Ganja decision needed

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados and the rest of the region won’t be able to run away from the marijuana issue forever, but he’s waiting for research that will be carried out by a CARICOM team before making any pronouncements.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Speaking to the media today, Stuart acknowledged that a decision will have to be made.

During the summit, the regional leaders agreed on the establishment of a regional commission on marijuana to conduct
a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use and advise whether the drug should be reclassified and made more accessible.

“It is an issue that the region is looking at very closely. Truth to tell, I don’t know that it is an issue that we’re going to be able to run away from indefinitely,” Stuart said.

“The producer countries are chomping at bit to get this whole issue resolved and get a decision on it so I must caution you against pessimism that you are going to have to wait too long.”

The Barbadian leader pointed out that in certain parts of the United States, marijuana is gaining “increasing respectability”.

“And you know what happens to us here in the Caribbean is this – we are told what is sinful and we believe those who tell us so. But they tell us these things so that it gives them enough time to get not only a comparative advantage but also a competitive advantage and as I understand what I’m hearing from Heads of Government, there seems to be an iron-clad determination that we are not tricked again.”

Stuart said today that he expected by the Heads’ intercessional meeting in the Bahamas next February, leaders “should be a lot further along in dealing with [the issue].”

6 Responses to Stuart: Ganja decision needed

  1. Gina Harewood
    Gina Harewood July 5, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Legalise it but what ever I will always smoke it no matter the out come I use it for medication

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Government has no vision worst government ever..

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Government has no vision worst government ever..

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

    MPs no what games they playing an they play these games well,what the government looking for is right on this island I’ll say this till the government looks this way,y’all or blind no vision only outside help but many want to see Barbados fall we or the most hated an feared among islands,this government that in what a sell out

  5. JM July 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    you guys are making a big mistake.The legal pot business here in Colorado gained a billion dollars in revenue in one years time.Don’t let this pass you by.I don’t smoke the stuff but I head on radio station NPR that business investors are ready to buy stock in this stuff.Barbados could charge a smoke tax for visitors and set up smoke stations on dosolated sections of the island;complete with food stand,entertainment and security.
    JOBs JObs JOBS.!

  6. jr smith July 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    To black west indians, everything the US does they must do as well. They are 52 states, some one must update us on how many have legalize ganja.
    But go ahead people , follow them, just like what the guns have done to the blacks all around the world.


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