Felix Denies Indicating ‘Full Legalisation’ Of Marijuana In Saint Lucia

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Commerce Minister Bradly Felix has denied indicating in a conversation with the leader of the Cannabis Movement here, Andre ‘Pancho’ De Caires, that there will be full legalisation of marijuana.

De Caires posted on Tuesday posted a voice note on social media claiming that Felix had done so.

“I have since called on Mr. De Caires and said I never indicated to you full legalisation,” the Minister told reporters.

De Caires in his voice note said the Minister had called him to make the disclosure.

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He quoted Felix as having said that at Cabinet meeting on Monday, Ministers agreed that they wanted full legalisation of ganja for industrial, personal, sacramental and medicinal use.

An upbeat Cannabis Movement leader said the ministers wanted to present the measure to parliament and ask for a hand vote, not anticipating any dissent from the opposition side.

“When that happens, they believe in three months time we will be fully legalised,” De Caires declared.

But Commerce Minister Bradly Felix who is the government’s point man on marijuana told reporters otherwise.

He told reporters Tuesday that at Monday’s cabinet meeting there was consensus regarding authorising his ministry and the Attorney General’s Chambers to draft the legislative and regulatory framework to assist in implementing a cannabis industry.

“That also included looking at personal use, religious use and medicinal use,” Felix stated.

The government point man on marijuana said the mandate also included looking at scientific research and setting up a licencing regime to govern the industry.

According to the minister, the Cabinet also requested that consideration be given to expunging records of people who have been arrested, charged and incarcerated for less than 30 grams, without having violence attached to it.

“I can appreciate Mr. De Caires in all of his exuberance because he has been at the forefront of fighting for a difference outlook on the whole cannabis industry for many years – I think for over twenty years he had been at the forefront,” Felix asserted.

He said the Cannabis Movement Chairman has “jumped ahead” and shared information with his colleagues.

 

 

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