Saboto Caesar Making Cannabis History In SVG

Kingstown, August 31st, 2018, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Industry and Rural Transformation, Hon. Saboto Caesar, would make history when he tables three draft Bills for the establishment of a medical cannabis industry when the Parliament of St Vincent and the Grenadines convenes on September 6th, 2018.

The Order Paper for the upcoming session of Parliament reveals that Hon. Caesar would have responsibility for moving the Government motions, listed under Orders Of The Day as items 4,5 & 6 respectively.

On July 26, 2018, the government released the draft bills focusing on medical extraction and treatments; the religious right to use cannabis as a sacrament within the place of worship; and an amnesty for traditional marijuana growers.

The multi-island state continues to make advances in its quest to become a lead producer of organically certified medicinal cannabis. As part of its green economy trust, the SVG government recently imposed a ban on the importation of Roundup.

The decision followed the result of a major legal battle in the United States over the weed killer, where jurors ordered that US$289 million be paid to a man who claimed he got cancer after being exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

In a statement dated August 23rd, 2018, Hon. Agriculture minister, Saboto Caesar warned stakeholders in the region not to take the first instance of the ruling in the Roundup case lightly. “In fact, the decision of the court is a very serious matter,” he said.

Caesar also emphasized the immediate need for a coordinated engagement of all technicians in the Caribbean Community, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other stakeholders, in order to obtain credible technical guidance.”

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a long history of agriculture production owing to the country’s fertile volcanic soil. The establishment of a medical cannabis industry is expected to create additional opportunities for Vincentian farmers and other agribusiness developments.

 It is intended that the production platforms will meet renowned Global-Gap; Eurep-Gap organic (GAP, GMP) standards.

Over the last seven months, international jurist and Vincentian stakeholders have assisted with the preparation of the draft cannabis bills.

Meanwhile, the SVG government maintains a zero tolerance for the recreational use of cannabis, and has excluded it from the draft bills.

2 Comments

  1. Some people will speak against this legislation and give reasons that are more “alarmist” than anything else. I do not use Ganja. I prefer beer and wine, that is unfortunate because this items are too expensive in SVG, so I do not indulge in much of anything. If people are allowed to consume ganja for religious or medicinal reasons the world will not come to an end as some will lead us to believe.
    The ban on Roundup is a great thing! I hope there is a way for Saboto Caesar to now continue all the good work he is doing by finding a way to lower Customs Duty on NEW car tires so that we can discourage, ban or stop the importation of bald and USED car tires that are used for only a short time then burned in big piles causing toxic chemicals to go into our atmosphere, then rain onto our soils and enter our ecosystem, water, air and food chain.
    The ULP has been doing great things for our environment. I hope they will soon start to make some drastic changes in other areas such as our very bad economic system, poor economic management and even worse economic philosophy. So many of our problems have to do with our very bad economics. We have been making great strides in our nature environment, now, lets see something positive in our economic environment for a change. Lower taxes and duties to encourage investment. streamline the Customs procedure.
    Think about the convenience, prosperity, safety and environment of OPPORTUNITY of the people instead of just the comfort, privilege, power, and wealth of the government.
    The government here needs to realize that the Private Sector is “the hand that feeds it”. Because they keep biting the hand that feeds it they have to constantly keep raising taxes and pass very bad legislation such as the Cyber Crime Bill. THESE ACTIONS MAKE US EVEN POORER.I hope they will one day wake-up and reverse this trend. Eventually they (the government)will be better off too. The leader of Singapore is the highest-paid leader in the world. Let’s dump the debt-based Keynesian Economics and move more into incentive-based Supply-Side Economics, what made America “great” in the first place and Singapore the wealthiest country on earth today.
    Thanks for the good work Mr. Caesar!

  2. Saboto Caesar cannot fix the banana industry much less to venture into am unknown territory. How can you trust him with cannabis, may be he want to be among the first to smoke it legally. You cannot trust these bunch of neophytes with sensitive issues like cannabis. They even mantain law and order much less to keep the roads going to Montreal garden in proper state. Why would you trust them with medical cannabis.

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