St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister to Develop Domestic Cannabis Market

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St Kitts and Nevis are poised to become the latest country in the Caribbean to embrace the cannabis industry.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Terrance Drew, announced that St Kitts and Nevis will put in place plans to catch up with neighbouring countries and start to reap the benefits from participating within the fast-growth international cannabis industry.

In interview with SKN Newsline, Prime Minister Drew remarked: “Antigua is ahead, St. Vincent is ahead, Jamaica is ahead, and we know that people travel to these countries because they would have an industry that is well-controlled, well-monitored and so forth that allows for the use of marijuana. And so, we will be on that path, and we will see a lot of action in that area within the first year”.

The Prime Minister outlined the country’s cannabis roadmap, stating that “we have a marijuana commission in place and that commission would start functioning in earnest to get us there.”

Drew continued: “We will then move to expunge the records of those who have criminal records for possession of marijuana. We think that that should not be used as a means to limit people’s advancement in their own lives and so we will put the necessary legislation in place to get us there.”

The Drew administration are focused on ensuring that Kittitians and Nevisians will be the primary beneficiaries of the changing cannabis landscape in the country.

He noted: “At this point in time, we are not looking at any outside people necessarily coming in and dominating this industry. This industry is for our people to develop. We will not make that mistake, and therefore we will, of course, meet those who are involved in this industry and we will work out ways of how we can make sure that they are a part of the industry.”

Continuing, Drew highlighted that “the goal is and what we will do is to make sure that the local growers are protected [and] our people are protected within that industry.”

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