In a press release , the Cannabis Movement said noted that the annual CARICOM Heads submit was rapidly approaching in July of this year, where the CARICOM Cannabis Commission will be presenting their recommendations.
In addition, the press release pointed out that Canada would also be legalizing federally in July, and statements have been made by both Prime Ministers’ Ralph Gonsalves and Gaston Browne to the effect that they will be reforming their cannabis laws,
The Cannabis Movement said it was getting mixed signals regarding the intentions of this administration and need them to clarify.
The organization outlined the reason for the mixed signals:
"1. The original members of the local cannabis commission created by Mr Hermingale Francis and presented to cabinet in January 2017 were rejected by members of his own cabinet, even though the members of the original commission were all experts in the field.
2. No budgetary allocations were put in place in order for the new commission created in March 2017, to do the work that they were meant to do. As a result, minimal work was done by the commission for the year.
3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not adequately facilitate the mandated visit by the CARICOM Cannabis Commission in September of 2017. The commission was able to visit nine other territories without a hitch except Saint Lucia because of Ministry administrative facilitation.
4. There has been no interest shown by the Ministry of Agriculture even though cannabis cultivation is one of the biggest agricultural trends worldwide.
The reformation of cannabis laws was a campaign promise and it is uncontainable that this administration would not follow through with that promise after being elected."
The Cannabis Movement says it is eagerly awaiting a public response from the Prime Minister.
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