Church leaders to talk about marijuana

MyVueNews Staff-writer 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 30th November, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The CARICOM special commission has completed its work and has recommended to the regional governments, that perhaps the time has come to either legalize marijuana or to have the laws amended to decriminalize it.

Since the work stated earlier in the year, many minds have been changed and some of those who did not embrace ganja as a viable medical and financial option, are expressing a willingness to ‘give it a try’.

While various states in America have already decriminalized the ‘drug’, the Caribbean Governments continue their dialogue. Those taking the lead so far to take action have included Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

For many decades though the main voices across the Caribbean calling for the herb to be legalized, were those of the Rastafarian Faith. Many can remember reggae super start Peter Tosh, himself a Rasta (no deceased), singing in one of his memorable hits, Legalize it, and we’ll advertise it”.

Today, the support is widespread, including politicians, business organizations, medical professionals, academics and mainstream religious leaders.

St. Kitts & Nevis too has been engaged with its own committee seeking the views of the public and organizations.

Even the country’s Prime Minister, who earlier this year public expressed his personal objection, in strong terms, to clearing the way for the plant to be accepted legally, has now changed his views, saying recently that his position has evolved and hinting that he might support a possible move to remove the legal hurdles.

As the work of the government continues in this direction, the next target group for consultation will be the church leaders.

As a consequence, pastors and Ministers of Churches and Christian Ministries in St. Kitts are have been invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Ministry with responsibility for Ecclesiastical Affairs on Tuesday 4th December, 2018, at 9:30 am, at the People’s Evangelistic Centre, Needs Must Estate, to discuss the issue.

A government release said the meeting will address the Church response and its position on the Legalization and Decriminalization of Marijuana in the Federation.