Antigua and Barbuda

Thu
19
Apr

Cannabis is set to be legalized in Antigua and Barbuda, PM announces

Antigua and Barbuda will allow the use of medical cannabis, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced, in addition to decriminalising  the possession of small amounts of the drug

In explaining the move Mr Browne said that that the prohibition of cannabis was not prompted by the health or well-being of users, but to serve the 'racist, political and economic interests of the global powers at that time'.

The Prime Minister said  his government's plans to legalise cannabis for medicinal and 'other' uses.

Mr Browne went on to apologise to the Rastafarian community for the 'demonisation and brutalisation' that has been inflicted upon them by police and other government authorities because of prohibition. 

Mon
12
Feb

Antigua and Barbuda move toward decriminalizing Marijuana

The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda is on the brink of a big development in cannabis law. There has been a growing movement in support of decriminalizing weed in the country, and this week, lawmakers took concrete steps toward making that a reality. As Antigua and Barbuda move toward decriminalizing marijuana, countries around the world continue reexamining cannabis laws.

Antigua and Barbuda is About to Decriminalize Weed

Lawmakers officially introduced The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill last December. It received positive feedback. From there, a special committee studied it and made revisions. Lawmakers reviewed the bill again on January 23 and they voted on it earlier this week.

Mon
26
Sep

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.

Wed
13
May

Island Getaways Antigua and Barbuda Move to Decriminalize Pot

Reduced Penalties Aim to Give Youth a Second Chance

The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda announced on Friday, May 8, the launch of a commission to oversee the process of decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of marijuana.+

Social Transformation Minister Samantha Marshall is to head the five-member commission made up of both ruling party and opposition lawmakers, government spokesman Lionel Hurst told media following a cabinet meeting.+

 
Antigua and Barbuda have created a commission to oversee the decriminalization of marijuana possession. 

Hurst says the government wants to give young people with a criminal drug history a second chance.+

Mon
11
May

Antigua: ABLP to permit use of small quantities of herb

The Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party administration will be setting up a commission to oversee the process of decriminalising the possession of small quantities of marijuana.

The announcement came from spokesperson Lionel “Max “Hurst, during a press briefing following a Cabinet meeting.

Social of Transformation Minister Samantha Marshall will chair the five-member body, which is to be comprised of members of both the ruling and opposition parties.

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