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town-hallerBasseterre, St. Kitts, 11th November, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - Members of the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana will visit St. Kitts & Nevis and have a town hall meeting on Thursday, 16th November.

 

Information from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer for St. Kitts and Nevis explains that the members of the Regional Marijuana Commission are carrying out a series of consultations aimed at informing the regional Heads of Government for their “deliberation and decision”.

 

The acting Chief Medical Officer has extended an invitation to the general public to attend the town hall meeting that starts at 5 pm.

 

In April, 2017, the SKN Government announced a National Marijuana Commission that is headed by Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws.

 

The intention was to facilitate discussion on the use and possible industry application of the marijuana plant. Issues of criminality and changes in legislation would be key topics for discussion.

 

In an April press conference, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said, “We wish that the Commission would conduct or utilise research to guide an exhaustive consultation both in St Kitts and in Nevis on this subject matter and make recommendations for consideration by the Cabinet.”

 

He continued, “I expect a vigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding production and marijuana use in St Kitts and Nevis as a precursor to a determination on the current drug classification of marijuana.”

 

However, some persons have expressed concern that some areas of the work of the local commission might be sidetracked by the visit of the CARICOM Commission, because there has been limited public discussion on the matters involved, some persons have said.

 

The Regional Commission on Marijuana was established by the decision of the 25th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, in March 2014, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

The Commission is headed by Prof. Rose-Marie-Bell Antoine, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.



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