Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean is going to be the next hottest destination. The Prime Minister proposes legalization of cannabis. The country would be the second in the world to fully legalize after Uruguay.
Antigua and Barbuda approved possession and local cultivation of cannabis for own use two months ago. It could well become the second country in the world after theUruguay to legalize cannabis. In any case, this is what Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister, is planning. He issued an official apology for the persecution of consumers. He also announced the creation of a medical cannabis branch.
Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, explained that his plan to regulate cannabis in the country also served a political purpose.
Indeed, US drug laws and cannabis in particular were enacted to facilitate government sabotage of the activities of black American organizations. A former adviser to President Nixon himself admitted this in a meeting.
Apologies to the Rastafarian community
In a press release, Prime Minister Brown announces the list of cannabis for "medical and other use" authorized. He also apologizes for the years of persecution and demonization of cannabis users in the country. In particular this concerns the Rastafarians who consider cannabis as a component of their belief.
According to Browne, because of past governments, they have become victims of strict drug policy. The use of cannabis is an integral part of the local culture. For Browne its use must be approved, regulated and supervised.
In addition to the February 4 authorization for possession of cannabis up to 15 grams and its cultivation for stand-alone use, Browne has announced the establishment of a new branch of medical cannabis.
“The ban on cannabis, called the 'war on drugs', did not come from public health but served the racial, political and economic interests of the world forces at the time,” he said in a statement. hurry.
"We must apologize to the Rastafari community for the demonization and brutality imposed on them by the police and government authorities because of the laws of prohibition," he added. “My government is now working on the use of this natural product for medical and other purposes, so I have seen fit to offer a sincere and sincere apology for them. "
“The use of cannabis is socially acceptable and is part of our culture,” he explained. He also specifies that the government does not encourage the use of cannabis.