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Marijuana warning

Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands (AP) — The director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency has urged leaders in the region to proceed with caution as the debate about decriminalising marijuana intensifies.

Dr James Hospedales says he is concerned about the adverse effects of pot smoking, especially on adolescents.

He spoke Friday at an annual conference organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

His comments come as Caribbean leaders debate whether they should legalise medical marijuana and how courts should handle charges of possession of small amounts of the drug.

A preliminary report by a Caribbean trade bloc found that decriminalising medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy. Caricom expects to review a final report on the issue by February 2016.

Activists in Jamaica, St Lucia and other islands have been pushing to legalise marijuana use.


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