St Lucia has launched a Cannabis Commission, chaired by prominent Queen Counsel Michael Gordon, as the island moves to decriminalise the drug.
Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs Minister, Bradly Felix, said that the government is committed to reviewing the laws surrounding cannabis to ensure that a balanced and holistic approach is taken.
The Cannabis Commission is expected to consult on a number of issues fundamental to the design of a new legislative and regulatory framework for restricted cannabis use, the government said in a statement, noting that the island has to come to terms with the “tide changing toward the decriminalisation and regulation of cannabis by regional and international counterparts”.
It said: “The commission will glean public information on the way forward. The commission is mandated to provide a report to the government …before the end of the year”.