Guyana: Regional commission on marijuana holds national consultations

Guyana will host consultations surrounding the use of marijuana on Nov. 6 as part of the Caribbean community’s call for “careful in-depth research” to inform decision-making on the issue.

The Regional Commission on Marijuana, established by CARICOM heads of government, will hold a number of focus groups with youth, faith-based organizations and special interests groups. A town hall meeting opened to the public is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the St. Stanislaus College, Brickdam, Georgetown.

The region-wide consultations are intended to obtain information on the social, economic, health and legal issues related to marijuana use in the Caribbean. Such information would, among other outcomes, determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification, modeled after the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances, for which many, if not all, CARICOM members are party to.

Given that reclassification of the drug would make it legally accessible for all types of use, including religious, recreational,...

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