US report cites ganja farming in Saint Lucia

US report cites ganja farming in Saint Lucia

The United States Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report has said that the cultivation of cannabis predominates in the mountainous regions of Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent Grenada, and Dominica.

According to the report, cultivation appeared to increase on Antigua and Barbuda in 2016.

It noted that Saint Vincent continues to be a primary source for cannabis in the Eastern Caribbean.

The report, published last month, observed that marijuana remains the most commonly used illicit drug within the seven independent countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

But it also noted that the region hosts abundant transshipment points for illicit narcotics, primarily from Venezuela, destined for North American, European and domestic Caribbean markets.

“Local and international law enforcement believe traffickers are increasingly using yachts for drug transit, though “go-fast” boats, fishing trawlers, and cargo ships continue to play major transit roles,” the US report stated.

It said during the first nine months of 2016, drug seizures in the Eastern Caribbean totaled 1,103.8 kg of cocaine and 196.65 metric tons of marijuana, according to data shared by local governments with DEA.

In the same time period, there were 159 arrests in connection with drug trafficking, the report said.

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29 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 11:12 am Reply

    What’s new? Marijuana cultivation started to increase as the banana industry declined making the herb the new cash crop.
    During the annual Tradewinds exercises, American forces always took one bag of ganja from each OECS country for classified research purposes so they probably have the DNA fingerprints of all our ganja species. We should legalize ganja cultivation and tax the ganja farmers to make revenue for Saint Lucia.

    1. Anon1
      May 3, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

      Are you crazy, legalise Cannabis for mass production in order for us to decrease our deficit and poverty don’t be silly!

      Listen if it doesn’t entail SELLING out our people and lands then our present PM isn’t interested.

      How dear you make a money making suggestion which the Chasnets’ and Stewarts’ businesses would not necessarily reap benefits from.

      Yes, not probably they definitely have all strands of Cannabis grown in the Caribbean.

      Del Monte mutilated our banana industry via they lobbying to the US Gov to take UK to the European Courts on the basis that fair trade was against our preferential treatment with the UK.

      Our current MPs are only interested in their pockets and not the St Lucian People.

      Our Politicians have lost the plot, they lost reason and purpose for going into Politics.

      Cannabis is our “Green Gold” which can potentially bring back some prosperity to our farmers.

      Look at how many farmers were able to send their children to higher education and earn themselves degrees etc.

      Ask yourself how many hotel workers have been or are able to send they children to universities through they mizzle wages!

    2. Anon1
      May 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

      Are you crazy, legalise Cannabis for mass production in order for us to decrease our deficit and poverty don’t be silly!

      Listen if it doesn’t entail SELLING out our people and lands then our present PM isn’t interested.

      How dear you make a money making suggestion which the Chasnets’ and Stewarts’ businesses would not necessarily reap benefits from.

      Yes, not probably they definitely have all strands of Cannabis grown in the Caribbean.

      Del Monte mutilated our banana industry via they lobbying to the US Gov to take UK to the European Courts on the basis that fair trade was against our preferential treatment with the UK.

      Our current MPs are only interested in their pockets and not the St Lucian People.

      Our Politicians have lost the plot, they lost reason and purpose for going into Politics.

      Cannabis is our “Green Gold” which can potentially bring back some prosperity to our farmers.

      Look at how many farmers were able to send their children to higher education and earn themselves degrees etc.

      Ask yourself how many hotel workers have been or are able to send they children to universities through they minute wages!

  2. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply

    WHAT ABOUT ALL THE DRUGS IN THE US,PLUS ALL THE STDS THE US IS SPREADING ALL AROUND THE CARIBBEAN. WHY THEY DON’T LIVE THE CARIBBEAN ALONE, CAN I NAMED THEN. THE US SHOULD CLEAN THE HOUSE FIRST THEN OUR HOUSE’S. SMFH

    1. Anonymous
      May 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm Reply

      AMEN

  3. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply

    Our country St.lucia was built on and by drugs.
    Okay
    Who runs St.lucia??????
    Hussssssssshhhhhh USA cuz Ur country also was built on drugs
    Stop all of thee Hypocrisy

    1. JayR
      May 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      Amen!!!

  4. Think Tank
    May 2, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply

    So what if they are farms in the Caribbean. Marijuana is grown legally in the United States. However it seems that Uncle Sam dosent want any competition. The quicker the Carigovernments walk up and legalise this very profitable cash crop the better for the region.

    1. Anonymous
      May 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply

      YES. Hurry up and free the herb so we can grow organic sun blend and sell it for $$$ all over the world. Piton beer, Piton malt, Piton herb

  5. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 11:32 am Reply

    HYPOCRITES………….so what if its grown here in the caribbean, they sell it in the USA and dont want us to grown it… We can think for our selves, we don’t need the USA or any country for that matter to tell us WHEN WE CAN OR NOT mind you own Business America, you hypocrites, you still have ppl locked up for weed and you’ll are growing it daily and don’t want the caribbean to do the same, you want us to always depend on you for hand outs. Not any more,…

    1. Anonymous
      May 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      Yes, yes, yes. Sovereign St Lucia. We are our own people. We do not need to look up to Britain or US. We are our own nation. Furthermore they have no experience in building the economies of independent island nations, so I don’t know why we would ever follow them anyway. Their scene is entirely different.

  6. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply

    Time for​ this plant to be decriminalized in the OECS region avd let us look at joint marketing and value added….There is already​ an abundanceof capacity in this field and a large market come to our shores daily .We sleeping on us big time

    1. Anonymous
      May 2, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      Yes it’s true. LEGALIZE THE HERB

  7. 666
    May 2, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply

    American hypocrisy at its finest!

  8. sharon terrell
    May 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    The OECS dont want no monies that way they so broke America getting its monies from the same drugs they fighting.What they doing with all the money seizures they burning it,i dont think so.And the same drugs they are the ones putting it back on the streets to fuck up thd neighborhood.Most Governments reather kill out the population rather than spend mass monies on them.We being told what to do in our own backyard.Decriminalization of Marijuana will bring you’ll great revenue so stop the Hypocrisy you’ll already know.Stop discriminating on the Herb.

  9. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Hipocrits Americans
    Marijuanna is legal in most states for medical and recreational so they should shut up and mind their own business

  10. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

    American the land of the free and the home of the brave…….stay in your section…….
    Always want to criticise what a country’s doing and they doing worse……..
    Human rights violations.. …smh
    Cultivating illegal drugs …….lol
    Police killings……wtf

    TGIL

    Thank God I’m Lucian

    1. Anonymous
      May 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm Reply

      YES!!!

  11. smh
    May 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Im confused. It’s legal in parts of he US, yet they make it their problem?

  12. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply

    But what i hearing deh nuh ..free d deliverance herb

  13. Calvin
    May 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    This simply boils down to an economic trade issue. It’s about dollars, nothing else.
    .
    Mary Jane is already a legal commodity in several u.S. states. The Canadian government has announced that Mary Jane will be legal across their country by July 2018.
    .
    Like any commodity, the trade issue of competition and “level-playing field”. The U.S. Department of Commerce is well aware that the Caribbean product is naturally, organically grown (no greenhouses and fertilizer), is of better quality (fewer trace chemicals), and can be grown cheaper than the home-grown American whose price is higher due to the electricity required for greenhouse lighting and ventilation.
    .
    Nevermind the competitive edge that Caribbean-grown Mary Jane has with respect to, in accounting terms, what is called “goodwill”. “Goodwill” makes corporations worth much more, an example being the name “CocaCola” versus “Choice Cola”. That is, the value of the brand that customers will pay extra for.
    .
    Or, more simply put, the Department of Commerce knows that the tax revenues would decrease if the American consumer had the choice of purchasing “Oklahoma Sweet” versus “Lucian Rainforest Gold”.
    .
    It’s simply a trade issue related to protecting market share.

  14. Noni juice
    May 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply

    AND…..

  15. kg
    May 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply

    The us is in everyone’s business what about the drugs in the us leave the Caribbean out of it cannabis is legal in many parts of the us so what is wrong with these people you’ll be studying the Caribbean we need money also the Caribbean is hard and you know is weed (Words deleted)

  16. Milo
    May 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

    I don’t but free the weed us doing it

  17. Anonymous
    May 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

    HERBS IT ALREADY LEGAL FOR ME ……………AMERICANS SEE YOUR;LL SELF OUT

    1. Anonymous
      May 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm Reply

      LOLLL

  18. Anonymous
    May 3, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Legalize it to reduce unemployment

  19. straight shooter
    May 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

    GANJA is still illegal the last time i checked and you may go to prison for it. So many has gone crazy foe using ganja because they are using it wrong. Be careful out there and don’t be an addict.

  20. Anonymous
    May 8, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply

    And so what we get high

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