Monday, October 22, 2018

Cannabis is set to be legalised in Antigua and Barbuda, as Prime Minister says 'racist' laws that banned it damaged the Rastafarian community

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (left) said that the relaxing of cannabis laws was long overdue, especially for his country's Rastafarian community.

Antigua and Barbuda will allow the use of medical cannabis, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced, in addition to decriminalising  the possession of small amounts of the drug

In explaining the move Mr Browne said that that the prohibition of cannabis was not prompted by the health or well-being of users, but to serve the 'racist, political and economic interests of the global powers at that time'.

The Prime Minister said  his government's plans to legalise cannabis for medicinal and 'other' uses.

Mr Browne went on to apologise to the Rastafarian community for the 'demonisation and brutalisation' that has been inflicted upon them by police and other government authorities because of prohibition.  Read more >>