Caricom heads ponder medical marijuana regional commission to address issue

The recent Caricom Heads meeting in St Vincent had a spirited session on the use of marijuana for medical/health purposes.

According to the communiqué, Heads of Government engaged in intense discussions on the issue of marijuana, including its medical use and aspects of the decriminalising of small quantities for recreational use.  They also explored the economic benefits that might be derived from marijuana cultivation.

Several concerns were raised, especially regarding the potential public and mental health aspects of its use.  The Heads recognised the need for careful in-depth research of the various implications of the measures contemplated and mandated the establishment of a regional commission to address the issues identified and any others deemed relevant in order to provide clear guidance with regard to decisions to be taken.  The commission is expected to report to the regular meeting of the Conference in July 2014.

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