Saturday, December 14, 2013
Uruguay's recent decision to legalise the production, sale and consumption of marijuana has revived the Caribbean debate on the issue.
A spokesman for the Rastafarian community, Ras Kalonji, said he would like to see marijuana first decriminalized and then eventually legalized in St Kitts and Nevis. "The Rastafarian community sees marijuana as a sacrament, and we would like them to decriminalize a certain amount before they actually legalize it," he told WINN FM.
The police, who are on the front line in terms of the fight against illegal drugs, said such a decision would have to be made by the legislature.
Also in September, current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chair and prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that CARICOM leaders have agreed to engage each other on this topic and promised by February 2014 to make available research data on decriminalising the use of small amounts of marijuana.