St Vincent drafting legislation to address use of cannabis for religious purposes

Minister of Agriculture, Industry, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation and Labour, Saboto Caesar, says the government is drafting legislation to address the possible use of cannabis for religious purposes within places of worship.

The announcement was made while Caesar was responding to a question brought by the Opposition NDP in parliament on Thursday morning (May 24, 2018).

  1. The Honourable Roland Matthews, (Member for North Leeward) to ask the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation:

(Within recent months the government has stated its intention to establish a Medical Marijuana Industry. Will the Minister please give an update on the status of the process so far).

The intention Bill will address the use of cannabis as a sacrament by Rastafarians, who for decades have appealed and struggled for permission to use the herb within their place of worship, Caesar said.

“It is the intention in what will be a landmark decision, to legislate for the allowance of the use of the herb as a sacrament.”

Consultations will continue with members of the Rastafarian community here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines regarding the matter.

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