St. Kitts: Senior health official wants marijuana legalised

Chief Medical officer Dr Patrick Martin said the legalisation of marijuana could have a positive effect on violent crime in St Kitts-Nevis.

"We have the evidence in health, in the security sector. In 2007 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime produced a report titled 'Crime and Violence in the Caribbean', and I quote, 'Drug trafficking is the cause of the gun-related homicide'.

"Where there are drugs there are guns. The gun culture is everywhere. Can we bring it to an end in St Kitts and Nevis? The answer is yes, we are 50,000 people," said Martin, who was speaking on a programme on WINN FM on Monday.

He told listeners that "there is no denying the fact" that people know those who are involved in the illegal drugs trade and that the guns are used to protect the trade.

"We know that retribution or revenge or retaliation, the...

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