Cannabis Movement says SLP “stonewalled” ganja movement

The Cannabis Movement has said that the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration “stonewalled”  efforts to get marijuana legalized in Saint Lucia.

Cannabis Movement spokesman, Andre Decaires told the Times that the new United Workers Party (UWP) administration appears to be more open to the process.

“I think the last four and a half years with the SLP government – the rhetoric coming from the more conservative ministers like Mr. La Corbiniere and Miss Alvina Reynolds,  set a sort of  a negative tone and a negative spin and as a result there was no conversation,” Decaires disclosed.

Victor La Corbiniere was the Minister of National Security in the former SLP administration while Alvina Reynolds was Minister of Health.

However Decaires told the Times that the UWP administration represented a “complete 180 degree turn” in the way that the ganja issue is being dealt with.

He said that National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis and Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute are eager to have the conversation going.

Montoute is Minister for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government.

“I am not saying that these two ministers are totally in agreement with everything that we are saying, but at least the conversation is there and it is a way forward,” the Cannabis Movement spokesman asserted.

Noting the trend of rising food prices globally, Decaires said the hope was that the cultivation of cannabis would be a catalyst for a resurgence in the Saint Lucia agriculture industry.

He declared that under the SLP, no one spoke in support of the ganja initiative, while the UWP administration was completely the opposite.

“Everybody is willing to sit down and speak about it, which I think is a very mature and humble approach,”  Decaires declared.




  1. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Thats the difference between UWP and SLP. the people chose wisely.

  2. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    marijuana psychosis

  3. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    If my memory serves me correct. The then government said the OECS is looking into it making their research. They disagreed to make ganja legalized until they get scientific information. . I too am of that opinion that it should not be legalized. If Mr Andre wants to make a political issue out of it that is his prerogative. The public is also on the side of the then government because the recent session they organized was poorly attended. Where are those who smoke why did they not attend? Be patient not even this new government will touch that. Change takes time, especially with movements like what you support.

    1. junior
      July 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      First of all the only persons who were not present were the ministers invited because they were in cabinet.And whoever gave you the wrong information you stated in your comments should of told you that all the scientific information was presented at the workshop on monday.panchos not being political about it hes stating the facts.the current government seems to be listening alot more.and as for why the smokers did not attend the answer is simple this was one out of many workshops that are scheduled to take place to engage people like yourself who may have concerns so it can be looked into for example the issues the three school principles brought up,the issue the superintendant brought up,the issues the paster brought up,dr kings issues bongo wiselys issues,the issues the rep from caricom brought up.any way i really wish left your name i would love to invite you to the next session

  4. Anon1
    July 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

    The OECS does not need to do they own scientific research.

    The research has been done by very credible scientist and the UK and the US.

    Why should the OECS waste money on scientific research which has already been done!

    What baffles me about individuals who are against the legalisation and or decriminalisation of Cannabis is that these same people are happily willing for the laws on alcohol to remain as is.

    Alcohol is the number one cause of a lot illnesses and deaths in SLU.

    Why is it NO one seems to be pushing to make alcohol illegal or criminalise it.

  5. Anon1
    July 28, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Some St Lucians are missing the very important point about all of this. Which is we want Cannabis decriminalised for economic reason and not social.

    OECS I believe is using scientific research as an excuse for delay.

    St Lucian politicians, you’ll need to start BUCKING the trend – have confidence in your decisions.

    Stop waiting to see what Vincy or Antigua do before acting. We will have more respect form other Caribbean nations.

    If Cannabis and the effects of cannabis smoking on individuals is the issue – which in my opinion is no issue.

    Why not legalise Hemp for commercial cultivation. Hemp has NO THC the ingredient found in Cannabis which gives the high.

    Hemp is a SUPER natural product which can be processed to so many by-products.

    Why is hemp illegal in St Lucia? Only because we inherited these laws from the UK.

    Well guess what since 1979 we are an independent nation capable of governing ourselves (sometimes) so we can change whatever law/s we inherited.