Barbados

Fri
31
May

Caribbean: Regional cooperation urges in medical cannabis approach

Barbados and other Caribbean countries are being encouraged to form partnerships to tap the lucrative medical cannabis industry.
 

At the same time, one industry expert is predicting that with Barbados having the highest consumption rate of cannabis per capita in the region, this could result in tremendous economic benefits for the country.

However, Dr Machel Emanuel, Teaching Assistant in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, warned that developing the “right legislative framework” would be critical in how much the country benefits.

Fri
24
May

Barbados: Eyes out for potential marijuana business

One Canadian investor is eager to start sourcing marijuana from Barbados to export to other regions.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Stripe Naturals Wayne Isaacs told Barbados TODAY he was anticipating the passing of legislation here so he could invest significantly in helping to develop a medical cannabis industry.

“Our main goal in the cannabis industry is to produce enough cannabis from the Caribbean so we can start looking at exports across the world,” said Isaacs.

“In Barbados specifically, what we are looking at doing is potentially acquiring product from cultivators and again processing and extracting so that we can create more end-user products and also produce products for the medical market,” he said.

Tue
06
Dec

Mapped: The Countries That Smoke the Most Cannabis

The country with the biggest weed habit? That might surprise you.

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”.

The strongly-worded study - titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis - was produced by the nonpartisan Adam Smith Institute and has the backing of several cross-party MPs including former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

Thu
01
Dec

Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”.

The strongly-worded study - titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis - was produced by the nonpartisan Adam Smith Institute and has the backing of several cross-party MPs including former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

Wed
19
Oct

Barbados Government, Church Leaders Split on Medical Marijuana

One day after Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told church leaders the “nefarious” illegal drug – as well as firearms – trade was “haunting” the country and threatening the very safety and security of the Barbadian family, it emerged today that government was examining the possible use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Senior Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George revealed at a conference on the availability and rational use of opioids that the Ministry of Health was undertaking research into the use of medical marijuana in palliative care.

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.

Thu
22
Sep

Barbados AG wants to understand the implications before legalizing

THERE WILL BE no legalisation of marijuana without the country understanding the implications of doing so.

 

This was the declaration of Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, who was speaking at the anniversary awards and recognition ceremony of the National Council on Substance Abuse, held at the Accra Beach Hotel on Saturday night.

He said such a move had implications for the country and for young people, in particular, “when they use these substances”.

Fri
03
Jun

UWI Principal Calls on Barbados Government to Push Laws Allowing Medical Marijuana Research

The Principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau has called on the Freundel Stuart administration to introduce the necessary legislation to allow the institution to conduct research into marijuana.

Professor Barriteau was responding to recent comments from Government Senator Jepter Ince, who suggested that the UWI needed to capitalize on the financial gains to be derived from research on marijuana usage for medical purposes. He was speaking last week during debate on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (Incorporation) Bill 2016.

Tue
24
May

Use of medical marijuana reignites debate in Barbados

Debate has reignited over the highly emotive issue of Barbados’ stance on marijuana use, including for medical purposes.

It comes as an attorney-at-law awaits word from the Minister of Health on an application for his sick wife to use the drug based on a prescription obtained from a doctor in Canada.

At a panel discussion staged by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, that lawyer, Douglas Trotman said the laws of Barbados permit marijuana to be used on a permit granted by the minister.

“From 1993 research could have been carried out in Barbados,” he said.

Thu
25
Feb

The top pot-loving countries

Marijuana legalization has been a political issue in the United States for some time, and while it remains illegal in most states, others have softened their stance in recent years. Colorado and Washington both passed initiatives by popular vote to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in 2012. In 2014, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., followed suit. Many states including Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and Ohio have flirted with legalization for a few election cycles, with buzz growing.

The United States isn't the only country where people use marijuana legally or illicitly. In fact, it isn’t even the country with the highest reported marijuana use.

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