Saint Lucia’s Cannabis Movement is still hopeful that the process of marijuana legalisation will be finalised by the end of 2019, the Chairman of the organisation, Andre ‘Pancho’ Decaires, has indicated.
He declared that there is no need for hesitation on the issue, but to move forward and get it done.
“Actually, the PERMANDU Consultants were given a time frame from the government but that was 2021 – so we objected to that and we explained that was unrealistic, seeing that there are so many investors,” Decaires told St Lucia Times.
“By 2021 everybody would have done it and we would have been last. So they understood that and we actually adjusted the date to this year. So we would like to have everything happen by the end of the year,” he explained.
The Cannabis Movement Chairman said his organisation was hoping that the completion date would have been in August this year.
But he stated that the date has to be pushed back.
“I believe we need to move fast,” Decaires told St Lucia Times.
He hailed the recent announcement by then Acting Prime Minister, Lenard Montoute, that Minister for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, Bradley Felix is the point person in cabinet for the process of marijuana law reform.
Decaires described Felix as a humble individual who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ on the subject.
He recalled that the Cannabis Movement met some six months ago with the minister and had ‘little convincing to do’ on the marijuana law reform issue.
“We believe Mr. Felix is the right man for the job. We share the same vision and I think he is committed to getting on the ball,” according to Decaires.
He told St Lucia Times that the minister is attending a cannabis conference in Canada.
The Cannabis Movement Chairman expressed the view that the appointment of Felix signals a move towards expediting the process of marijuana law reform.
Decaires said the Cannabis Movement is planning to meet soon with Felix.