New Law Will Make Harvesting Of Cannabis Legal For Religion, Medicine

A tour guide shows marijuana growing openly in a flower garden

Antigua’s newly drafted cannabis law will make lawful the cultivation, harvesting, transportation, and processing of cannabis into medicines, drafters from the ministry of legal affairs have said.

The draft law, in its first part, makes a special provision for cannabis to be lawfully used in religious rituals by the men and women of the Rastafarian faith.

The draft law, in its second part, seeks to ensure that certain standards and safeguards are included in order to enable specially licensed farms to grow plants that may vary in their strength (or presence) of certain substances including THC, the psychotropic substance. 

The law also ensures that a tightly regularized system for dispensing the medicines is put in place.

The Cabinet is given ultimate control under the draft law, in order to ensure flexibility in responding to any changes that may have to be made. There are more than 80 pages of Regulations.

The draft law is expected to be presented to Parliament for its second and third readings before the end of the year.

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  1. I have mixed emotions on this issue. I feel that if the government is going to take this approach, then they should just fully legalize it. However, I do believe that weed does major damage to people with long-term use. The brains of long-term weed heads and their behavior is just really weird and dangerous. Hopefully laws are passed to punish those who drive while under the influence of weed.

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  2. You offer weed and
    tourism go up
    Partying go up
    How much ppl overseas gladfully come Antigua just cuz carnival t shirt mas come with a joint to smoke
    Billion dollar business go up
    Government get more than enough to tief
    Roads start fix
    Health system start look up
    Women happy to even eat it cuz cramps at ease
    Teachers glad to eat it to deal with y’all priveledge rude ass kids everyday
    Apua happy it légalisé to deal with y’all disgruntled customers who complain about $1 extra on y’all bill
    Ppl a drive and burn ever how long
    You obviously done born with long term brain damage for a comment like that.

    And youuuu up there about CCJ
    Nobody really cares about that shit
    We want lower food costs
    Better roads
    Better healthcare
    CCJ can’t help me buy one single tomato from epicurean
    Government go always be government end of the day
    Ppl keep voting and only election time things start hurry done. All now u hear billion dollar this and that and nothing nah gwan.
    If u had sense u réalise but u dunce like them ppl who patch the road. The amount of patch they use in Antigua self they could done well pave one entire road but all u concern about a grass when cavalier still on shelf causing diabetes and liver problems.

    • The way you write and communicate your ideas indeed makes me worried about the legalization of weed. There are many scientific studies showing long-term marijuana usage destroys the brain and reduces intellectual capacity. Don’t ignore the facts my brother.

      • Please stop looking for 1 percent and look for the 99%good it does u probably just love to oppose for oppose sake this was a good move by gastonthe best move in his administration……if this product is use in the right way they will have to close majority of medical benefits outlet

      • See comments like that
        ✌🏾most real rastaman ✌🏾is why slave masters didn’t allow niggas to read


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      Well this is a realer rastafarian the internet is so easy to Google and search and see how great this plant is everyone should use it …the prime minister should get this in his system it also helps with mental and physical problems

  3. Will the new law make provision for harvesting the 4 trees and storing the harvest for rainy days ? Asking for a friend.

  4. I think it’s a good idea …weed is a very good medicine ,it’s how people use it that makes it wrong that’s all but if we use it right we won’t have to use those pills that gives us more side affect than ever… thanks to the world Boss Gaston..big up ya self PM

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