Caribbean governments criticized over marijuana legalization issue

Regional governments have been called out for not moving sooner to decriminalise the use of the popular contraband, marijuana.

Political analyst Peter Wickham said the governments of Caribbean countries will not legislate that personal use of the drug becomes legal, unless they would stand to gain politically.

“Ultimately, in politics you would want to win an election and certainly your ability to win an election makes you a lot useful in terms of driving issues. If you believe policy will reward you electorally, then you will pursue and if you believe policy will make you unpopular, then you would not want to pursue it,” Wickham said.

His comments were made yesterday during his address at the Marijuana Symposium, which was hosted by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

In his presentation entitled the “Politics of Ganja Decriminalisation”, Wickham examined the attitudes of the governments of Barbados, St...

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