CARICOM talks Ganja in Barbados. Call for submissions from Civil Society.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is in the process of undertaking a series of national consultations through the Regional Marijuana commission to elicit the views of stakeholders’ and the general population on issues pertaining to marijuana usage in the Region.

The Regional Marijuana Commission was established at the Thirty-Fifth Regular Meeting of Heads of Government in 2014 and has been mandated to:

 Conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean and to determine where there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage (religious, recreational, medical and research); and  recommend, if there is to be a re-classification, the legal and administrative conditions that should apply.

The National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) has been selected to coordinate the Barbados leg of the Regional Consultation through focus group discussions with key population groups, a town hall meeting and key expert interviews. The outcome of this consultation process will inform the preparation of a comprehensive report of the findings and recommendations to be presented to the CARICOM Heads of Government for their deliberation and decision.

CARICOM Town Hall Meeting Flyer

You  are invited to participate in the Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday June 7th 2017 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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Alternately, written comments can be submitted to the Commission through the Manager, National Council on Substance Abuse, “The Armaira Building”, Cnr 1st Avenue Belleville & Pine Road St Michael or via email at All submissions should be clearly labelled “CARICOM Regional Consultation on Marijuana – Barbados”.

Persons residing out of the island may submit comments on this feature, that can be added to a civil society position paper in support or against of Ganja legalisation or decriminialsition.  The document will include your considerations and concerns. You can also email an information that you may think valuable to this gathering to  The final position paper will be published on this website.

Organizations are also encouraged to submit your position papers to



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