Caricom commission to study marijuana legalization

Caricom commission to study marijuana legalization

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WAKHIL, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 15: Young marijuana plants grow in a field on May 15, 2011 in Wakhil, in the mountainous upper Panjshir region, Afghanistan. The farmer has been growing cannabis for three years and has seen the prices triple since 2008. This spring he is planting less wheat in order to increase his marijuana crops. Known as the world's largest producer of opium, the raw ingredient of heroin, Afghanistan has now become the top supplier of cannabis, with large-scale cultivation in half of its provinces, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations. Very soon the UN drug agency (UNODC) will release it's second report on Cannabis, releasing information on the rising price of the crop. Between 10,000 and 24,000 hectares of cannabis are grown every year in Afghanistan much of it made into Hashish, with major cultivation in 17 out 34 provinces. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - A Caribbean trade bloc has created a commission to study whether the region's roughly 15 million people should be allowed to use medical marijuana and how courts should handle possession of small amounts of the drug.
   
Leaders said late Wednesday that the commission is expected to submit reports by Caricom's next summit, scheduled for February 2016.
   
A recent preliminary report from Caricom found that decriminalizing medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy.
   
Caribbean leaders are now holding a summit in Antigua.
   
Activists in Jamaica, St. Lucia and other islands have been pushing to legalize marijuana use.
 

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