More Caribbean countries are looking to legalize weed much like their beloved neighbors, the USA. Heads of Caribbean nations have agreed to review current legislation with the aim of reclassification. Authorities have noted that human and religious rights issues stem from criminalization. They are also taking into consideration the economic benefits deriving from newer legislation.
Members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) an organization of nations including the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and others shared that they will be reviewing their status on marijuana legislation with hopes of replacing cannabis criminalization with legal regulation.
This doesn’t mean these countries will legalize the drug fully, but this is a step in the right direction. The 19 heads of states also signed a release approving and agreeing to this direction and also to explore decriminalization policies. Members of the Caribbean Community are committed to (at least) lowering the penalties for marijuana possession.
While these states are making the right decision in terms of liberalizing legislation, there are a couple of issues that may hold them back. Several of these countries have signed documentation detailing that they will keep cannabis illegal. Including agreements with America.
Although many states in the United States have legalized the drug, as well as Canada, one of its trade partners is legalizing the drug nationwide for recreational and medical use, it may not be as big an implication.
Contrary to popular belief, Jamaica may finally get to legalize the drug that has made the country so popular.