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St. Kitts and Nevis to introduce legislation decriminalizing marijuana

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana, tying the move to the dual-island nation’s history of slavery. In his Emancipation Day message, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said last week that his administration had introduced legislation to amend the Drugs (Prevention & Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) Act, which bans the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana.


Saint Kitts Court upholds right to consume marijuana in private

Adults in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (population: 55,000) may legally consume cannabis in private, according to a ruling from the nation’s highest court.

The court determined that provisions outlawing the blanket use and possession of cannabis infringed upon citizen’s constitutional freedoms. The ruling does not negate existing laws outlawing the trafficking or sale of cannabis.


Coca Cola heir caught with 5000 cannabis plants on private jet

Billionaire and Coca-Cola heir Alkiviades “Alki” David was arrested on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts last week after customs officials discovered 5,000 cannabis plants on his private jet. David and his friend Chase Ergen were taken into custody by officers with the Anti-Narcotics Unit at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport after the plants, seed, and CBD oil products were found. David was then released but arrested again on May 9 when he tried to leave the island nation.


Caribbean region emerges as next big cannabis marketplace

As a commercial cannabis industry is established in Jamaica, more Caribbean nations are moving toward decriminalization and establishing medical marijuana programs.

With regional leader Jamaica having recently exported its first cannabis products to Canada, other island nations of the Caribbean are readying their own proposals for either decriminalization, a legal medical market for cannabis, or both. 

After Jamaica, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines was next to strike out towards decriminalization, and it looks like Saint Kitts & Nevis are headed in that direction as well. Dominica and Grenada are also studying such proposals.


Caribbean nation St. Kitts and Nevis announces reform in cannabis laws

The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis announced major drug policy reforms last week that will legalize medicinal cannabis and decriminalize recreational use by adults. In a statement before the National Assembly on February 20, Prime Minister Timothy Harris said that his cabinet had accepted the unanimous recommendations from the National Marijuana Commission and would introduce the bills required to make them law. The commission has been exploring options for cannabis policy reform through a series of public forums since 2017.

“This is a significant development done after 15 months of widespread consultations in Nevis and St. Kitts. We thank Dr. Hazel Laws and the entire National Commission for their excellent work,” Harris said.


St Kitts gov't considering committee to examine use of marijuana

The St Kitts/Nevis government says it is considering appointing a broad-based to examine the issues involved in the use of marijuana.

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris says his administration is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalization of marijuana, which he said was a matter of national interest.

“We have a submission going to the Cabinet hopefully next week where we are attempting to set up that broad based committee that would look at all of the issues involved in the use of marijuana and all other matters in relation to it,” Harris said on a radio programme in St Kitts.


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.

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