St Vincent and the Grenadines poised to become leading producer of medicinal cannabis

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is on the brink of becoming a globally leading producer of organically certified medicinal cannabis, rivalling any other producer in the entire Western Hemisphere.

The expected passing of legislation later this month ensuring tightly regulated guidelines positions the nation as a powerful Caribbean hub for global medicinal cannabis innovation.

SVG’s minister of agriculture, industry, fisheries, forestry, labour and rural transformation, Saboto Caesar, said the industry had the potential to positively transform rural livelihoods and communities while changing the lives of patients who suffer from medical conditions that are unresponsive to other treatments.

“The production of cannabis for medicinal purposes provides an excellent opportunity for small island states to further diversify possibilities for farmers to secure sustainable livelihoods,” he said.

Caesar concluded the government would have more to say with the passing of legislation later this month, but was now putting the world’s investors on notice of the benefits of investing in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

From the rich volcanic soils to the warm tropical climate, SVG presents the perfect opportunity for cannabis investment, positioning SVG on a solid platform to launch its medical cannabis program.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This is a government press release, i.e., a piece of political propaganda,nothing more, nothing less, that has no place on a site rightly respected for its impartiality and penetrating analysis of regional issues using a variety of perspectives.

    It is unacceptable for this news site to post without any qualification whatsoever the patently false view that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), “… is on the brink of becoming a globally leading producer of organically certified medicinal cannabis, rivalling any other producer in the entire Western Hemisphere,” when:

    (1) the country hasn’t even passed the appropriate legislation.

    (2) there are no local parties with any expertise in medical marijuana. SVG is currently the furthest thing from being a “… powerful Caribbean hub for global medicinal cannabis innovation.”

    (3) no binding deals have been struck with external experts in medical marijuna.

    (4) SVG is years behind other First World producers in this area.

    (5) SVG has no environment advantage growing a plant that is so ubiquitous that is can be grown under any conditions with enough light (from the sun or artificial sources), whether indoor or outdoor — with the latter being far preferable for medical marijuana. In other words, “rich volcanic soils [and] the warm tropical climate” are neither necessary nor sufficient for cannabis investment.

  2. The seed to be used for the medical marijuana is GM altered with a Terminator Gene that stops the new seeds from the crop grown being used to produce another crop. The side effect is that cross-pollination from the GM crop to the Vincentian colloquial crop results in the gene being transferred to future local crops and the seeds from that being unfertile also. So the local Vincentian weed will be eliminated scientifically over a brief few years.

    The worry is Bayer and Monsanto could create a monopoly on marijuana seeds, and all our old Vincentian weed will simply be hunted down until it exists no more.

  3. While individuals promoting the extensive legal growing of Cannabis here all tend to be ignoring that the Government has before Parliament not one but 3 Parliamentary Bills. Yes not just one but 3 Parliamentary Bills.

    As such, the advocates of this extensive growing of Cannabis here would have us focus our attention only on one Bill, that Bill for medical Cannabis use. That flagging up however, is no doubt presumed to be intended entirely as a dishonest deception by these advocates.

    While the recreational use of cannabis is not being overtly promoted in these Parliamentary Bills, one bill however, proposes Cannabis for religious use and that in itself, is easily foreseeably could indeed singlehandedly have profoundly far reaching consequences, on our nation wellbeing as a whole.

    The Canadian Medical Association Journal in an article headed “Watching Canada’s experiment with legal cannabis” have flagged up many concerns for a society with the plentiful supply of home-grown Cannabis there in Canada. Professor Robin Murry well documented research at Kings College University London, have indeed made known the severe consequence of psychosis with the recreational cannabis use on some individuals according to their DNA.

    It may also be noted that “Compared to nonusers, cannabis users had about twice the risk of experiencing a serious complication known as diabetic ketoacidosis, a study of 450 patients in Colorado found”

    My question is this; Are we so immoral that we are so readily prepared to gamble with the nation’s good health and wellbeing?

    • Despite your empty fear mongering using an outlier professor, people have been happily enjoying marijuana in many parts of the world for 12,000 years (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9780306404962). There is no reason to believe that they will not be smoking or otherwise enjoying mariijuana for the next 12,000 years.

      If so, why can’t you comprehend that it would be far better that they did so in a quality controlled and publically regulated manner instead of being controlled by the illegal black market with all its adverse criminal and health implications (such as spiking cannabis with other unhealthy and addictive substances)?

      As for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, you would be happy to know, I’m sure, that none of the government’s plans or promises will come to pass and that the criminal elements will continue to control and kill each other over the production and distribution of weed.

  4. I do appear to be blowing an old trumpet time and time again, but perhaps this is because I have seen at first-hand far too many ruined young lives. Many a good life ruined through the individual indiscriminate and frequent recreational cannabis use. Those health dangers was previously noted at:

    https://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/2018/10/09/st-vincent-and-the-grenadines-on-the-brink-of-making-medicinal-cannabis-a-legal-reality/

    So here is a thing about cannabis, that was noted in England UK, “Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital, London in 2016 and found 94 per cent were of a dangerously high potency.

    In 2005 just 51 per cent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk.
    Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations.

    ‘The increase of high-potency cannabis on the streets poses a significant hazard to users’ mental health, and reduces their ability to choose more benign types,’ she said.”

    And as the proposed broad road ahead for us, is said to be paved with much new Gold we may also need planned also many more funny farms too, as well as those planned beach bathhouses and swanky cabanas.

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