St. Kitts and Nevis will be decriminalizing marijuana. The legislation comes from Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris who stated in his Emancipation Day message that his administration had introduced legislation to amend the Drugs (Prevention & Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) Act, which bans the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana.
The Emancipation Day is an abolition of slavery in the Caribbean. The day is celebrated on the first Monday and Thursday of August. Harris stated that “to acknowledge our painful history, take stock of where we are and make amends for past mistakes.”
The Prime Minister express his further thoughts about legalization “too many of our youth have been criminalized and incarcerated in relation to cannabis, and as a result, they have lost out on job and travel opportunities, opportunities to study abroad, a good future and a good name.” The legislation will help “to expunge the records of those criminalized.”
“We are committed to decriminalizing marijuana and in the near future expunging criminal records for related offenses of a certain degree while ensuring that the health and welfare of our nation’s children are protected," Harris stated.
The government would work to legalize medical marijuana and adult-use.
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