by Linda Straker
- Idea is for people to not have a criminal record for small portions
- Mass cultivation for industrial purposes is a larger and more difficult discussion
- Intention for Rastafarian community to use cannabis for religious purposes
Grenada will not be focusing on the cultivation of cannabis as part of its approach to allow the use of the herb, but instead will adopt a strategy where the first step will be the decriminalisation of cannabis for personal and religious use.
“The first step is not going to be for mass production. The first step is going to deal with the criminal justice issue. Meaning there are many young people who have been criminalised or have received criminal records because of possession of small quantities. We are going to have a national discussion on small quantities,” Agriculture Minister Peter David disclosed. “Proposals will come before several stakeholder organisations within the next couple of weeks. We are going to discuss what has been done throughout the region which is the decriminalisation of small quantities of cannabis.”
David is one of the 3 cabinet members tasked to recommend the best strategy Grenada should adopt to either legalise or decriminalise cannabis. David said that the idea is for people to not have a criminal record for small portions. “Meaning that you will not have a criminal record if you have small amounts, and you will be able to plant a few trees maybe 2, 3, 4. I am not sure what the final outcome will be,” he said.
With regards to use among the Rastafarian community, the intention is that cannabis will be allowed to be used as part of the sacrament. “Another area that will be decriminalised is the use of it by the Rastafarian community. The discussion is that they be allowed to use it for sacramental purposes,” he assured.
David said that mass cultivation of cannabis for industrial purposes is a larger and more difficult discussion. “It’s not as simple as you make it sound,” said the former Foreign Affairs Minister who is an attorney by profession.