The Future of Cannabis in the Caribbean

Side event at the 64th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Friday, April 16, 2021

future cannabis caribbean cnd64 thumbTwo years after the presentation of the 2018 CARICOM report “Waiting to Exhale - Safeguarding our future through responsible socio-legal policy on Marijuana” at the CND, this years’ side event the organizers would like to share insights on progress made, regarding the public policies on cannabis and the development of a medical cannabis industry in the Caribbean region.

In this meeting we will learn about the implementation of legal medical cannabis models, and appreciate the challenges to develop inclusive policies and design business models in which also traditional cannabis cultivators can be part. As the CARICOM report stated in its’ preface , are there signs we are ‘moving away from the narrow constraints of medical marijuana, to embrace notions of social justice, human rights, economics, regional hegemony and their right to health’?

At the meeting a new report of the Transnational Institute (TNI) was presented: A Sustainable Future for Cannabis Farmers: ‘Alternative Development’ Opportunities in the Legal Cannabis Market


  • Jerrol Thompson - Executive Director Medicinal Cannabis Authority - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Faith Graham - CEO Cannabis Licensing Authority - Jamaica
  • Vicki Hanson - Interdisciplinary Centre for Cannabis Research - University of the West Indies Jamaica
  • Pien Metaal -Transnational Institute - The Netherlands
  • Moderator: Dave Bewley Taylor - Global Drug Policy Observatory - University of Swansea - UK
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Following the devastating volcano eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines, please help to support traditional cannabis growers whose crops and livelihoods have been destroyed.

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