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Regional Commission On MARIJUANA Recommends Decriminalization

The REGIONAL Commission on Marijuana has made recommendation for the decriminalization of marijuana across CARICOM Member States but in controlled and regulated amounts as in the case of alcohol. According to CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

“They are recommending the decriminalisation of marijuana. They are recommending that it be deemed a substance that is controlled and managed as alcohol,”

The Secretary General said while noting, however, that there is some concern about controlling it in terms of youth and adolescent use. The recommendations are also based on extensive consultations in several CARICOM nations. The call to legalise marijuana in the region forms part of recommendations that will be examined during the Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Jamaica.

The Regional Commission on Marijuana was established by the decision of the Twenty-fifth Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in March 2014 with a mandate to investigate the use of marijuana.

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