POSITION PAPER – THE EMERGING CANNABIS INDUSTRY IN THE CARIBBEAN AND A PLACE FOR SMALL-SCALE TRADITIONAL FARMERS

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Caribbean Cannabis Fairtrade Working Group
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 22:30

We open this Position Paper by the Fair(er) trade Cannabis Working Group to share our position on future cannabis policy in the Caribbean region, with one main finding and one recommendation taken from the Report of the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana, 2018. The relevant sections read:The evidence indicates that the existing legal prohibitionist regime on cannabis/marijuana is not fit for purpose. Both the financial and human costs are huge. The Commission is satisfied that there should be significant changes to the laws of the region to enable the dismantling of this regime to better serve Caribbean peoples. A public health/ rights-based approach is better able to confront the challenging multidimensional parameters of the drug problem, including its health, social justice and citizen security aspects.Small farmers and small businesspersons should be included in production and supply arrangements with appropriate controls limiting large enterprise and foreign involvement.The Position Paper aims to contribute to the debate on finding sustainable and realistic solutions to the challenges posed by the developing cannabis industry, with a special focus on traditional and small-scale farmers (Read More)