Acting Prime Minister Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute has told reporters that the process of ganja law reform in Saint Lucia has not died.
“I know for that matter that cabinet has identified one member to specifically deal with the matter,” he said at a pre-cabinet news briefing Monday.
According to Montoute, Minister of Commerce, Industry, Enterprise Development and Consuer Affairs, Bradley Felix, is that cabinet member.
“So progress is being made. Progress has been made,” he declared.
The Gros Islet MP asserted that he supports the move to review Saint Lucia’s position in regard to cannabis.
Montoute noted that he continues to advocate for the expunging of the criminal records of young people who have been charged for marijuana use or were caught with ‘a stick or two’ of the substance.
“I intend to pursue this until it happens,” he declared, adding that he knows that he has a lot of support in cabinet.
“I think we would like to see that expedited. I think we are taking a little too long,” Montoute told reporters.
The Acting Prime Minister spoke against the backdrop of a hard hitting statement last week from the Chairman of the Cannabis Movement, Andre ‘Pancho’ Decaires.
Decaires accused the Allen Chastanet administration of disgraceful, unprofessional conduct in relation to moves towards marijuana law reform.
He observed that his patience is running out after some three years, while other Caribbean countries in which marijuana reform was not an election campaign promise as in Saint Lucia, were making progress on the issue.
Montoute said he had not heard the comments by the Chairman of the Cannabis Movement and so did not want to refer to them.