As the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) wraps up their summit in Antigua, it was announced that a Marijuana Commission was created to figure out the legal approach to decriminilize marijuana use for medical conditions. This news from the Caribbean Ganja / Marijuana Commission is “Better late than Never,” as the Caribbean has long been distinguish as the Mecca for Marijuna yet other countries and USA states are gaining economically.
According to a statement given after the conference, the purpose of the Ganja Commission is to “conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the region and to advise whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana, thereby making the drug more accessible for a range of users.”
Well, as New York becomes the 23rd state in the USA to legalize marijuana for medical use and two state (Coloroda and Washington State) legalizing marijuana for recritional use we see the momentium building for the economical gains. Therefore, Caribbean Ganja / Marijuana Commission “Better late than never” news was welcome by US Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) Ethan Nadelmann who said, “It’s great that governments in the Caribbean are finally pushing forward with this dialogue.” Mr. Nadlemann went on to say to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), “With so much momentum for reform in both North and South America, it is crucially important that the Caribbean not be left on the sidelines.”
In addition, Vincentian-born US Director of Communications at the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), Don Rojas said, “We at the Institute of the Black World also pledge our support to this CARICOM initiative, recognizing that it is a logical and enlightened move towards decriminalizing the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana and an important step towards researching the economic potential of a regulated medical marijuana industry in the Caribbean,”
Mr. Rojas went on to say, “We are committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the US and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality, and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people,” Now The Caribbean Commission will “conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the region and to advise whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana, thereby making the drug more accessible for a range of users,”
Furthermore in 2011, Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General joined former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso, of Brazil, César Gaviria, of Colombia, and Ernesto Zedillo, of Mexico, and other members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy to say it was time to “break the taboo on exploring alternatives to the failed war on drugs and to encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs, especially marijuana”.
So, now that The Caribbean Ganja / Marijuana Commission “Better late than Never” policy are now in play, it’s important to find a balance solution to address this growing Ganja medical and social acceptance and figure out safe economical opportunities. Recritional users must still be aware that businesses will still have there drugs testing policy in place that is inforce.