Basseterre, St. Kitts, 16th March, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The St. Kitts-Nevis Marijuana Commission is about to embark on two essential public initiatives, as it accelerates work on marijuana use in the federation.
First, the Commission will undertake a series of consultative town hall meetings to determine the position of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis on the issues that surround the use of marijuana.
In a recent national address by the chairperson of the Marijuana Commission, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws, she explained the purpose for such meetings.
“At each town hall meeting, the latest evidence regarding the medical, economic and social implications of marijuana use will be presented to the people and citizens of the Federation, and you will be given an opportunity to share with the commission your position on these controversial issues,” Dr. Laws stated.
Second, the Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Statistics, will launch a nationwide survey to determine the prevalence of the use of marijuana in the federation.
Dr. Laws informed, “The justification for this national survey is that the study will provide essential information that will inform us about the scale of use of marijuana. In the coming weeks data collectors will be coming into all districts inviting a number of persons to participate in this survey.”
Continuing, she explained, “The data collector will request a few minutes of your time to complete a short questionnaire which is anonymous. In other words, your name will not be recorded on the questionnaire. No one will be able to link you with the questionnaire that you completed. Your participation in this survey is voluntary.”
According to Laws, the Commission spent several months conducting a situational analysis and exploring the latest evidence regarding the legal, medical, social, economic and religious implications of marijuana and its derivatives, taking into consideration its benefits and detriments.
When the work of the Marijuana Commission is completed, a report will be submitted to the Cabinet that would outline the findings of the Commission.