U.S Report Says Cannabis Is Drug Of Choice In Eastern Caribbean

A  just-released United States State Department report says marijuana is the drug of choice in Saint Lucia and other Eastern Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

However, according to the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report almost all countries in the sub-region have cited a growing traffic from Colombia of a form of cannabis with elevated THC levels known locally as “creepy.”

It said during the first nine months of 2017, drug seizures in the Eastern Caribbean totaled 658.18 kg of cocaine and 267 metric tons of marijuana, according to data shared by local governments with the DEA.

In the same time period, there were 194 arrests in connection with drug trafficking, and
the seizure of $1.3 million in illicit drug proceeds, the report noted.

“Cannabis cultivation occurs in the mountainous regions of St. Vincent, Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Dominica,and cultivation appeared to increase on Antigua and Barbuda in 2017,” according to the US report.

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

But the report also observed that Venezuela-based drug traffickers use the region’s many uninhabited islands to move cocaine shipments up the island chain for onward transit to North America and Europe.

It as noted that for two years in a row, the Saint Vincent Drug Squad reported an
increase in the transshipment of cocaine from Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and to a lesser extent, Colombia.

“These shipments involve the use of “mother vessels” that remain off-shore
(50 nautical miles or beyond), which offload smaller loads of cocaine typically ranging from
between 20 and 200 kilograms (kg) to local boats. Traffickers have also been detected
intermixing shipments of cocaine on boats transporting local produce and construction material to northern Caribbean islands,”the report observed.

It said Although there were some seizures of synthetic drugs, the small quantities involved do not represent a new consumption trend.


  1. AND ??? Ganja haffi bun what’s wrong with these people. What is the choice of drugs for youth in the US ?? Please cut the crap The State Of Colorado makes a profit of 6 billion for 2018 1.5 million a day from the sale of weed but yet they are worried about the youth in the Eastern Caribbean what they are doing. Seriously ??? Write and say anything to keep us down from milking that green cow it’s bad for us but it’s good for you OK got it we are all not that stupid.

  2. Ok we’re not stupid we all understand that but when we get COPD from smoking that **** now we’re looking stupid.

    • COPD is from the use of tobacco products. Get your facts right. Leave that argument for when we talking about tobacco. Too much of anything is not good, too much masturbation will affect your eyes just like too much sugar will give you diabetes; too much smoke will get you clouded.

      St. Lucia might have a problem with too many youth smoke at an early age. We should address that. However, what would you prefer: people spending their money on locally produced herb or people purchasing foreign manufactured cigarettes? If i had a choice i would have them buy locally. To the US and its supporters: Yes, marijuana is the drug of choice in the Caribbean, however, opiates and cocaine are the drugs of choice in the US (most of which is imported). Meanwhile you have tried to copy our marijuana cultivation and soon it will be legal in all your states (while you claim to be making billions).

      Allow our countries to make just some millions off our own supplies. AND SHUT THE HELL UP.

  3. According to Google-Alcohol-Related Deaths: An estimated 88,0008 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.

  4. Yeah we love our weed,better and safer than your American cocaine and crack and opium that is killing you all

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