St Lu­cia urged to get on-board with mar­i­juana leg­is­la­tion

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CASTRIES, St Lu­cia (CMC) — Cana­dian Cannabis Rights Ac­tivist Marc Emery is urg­ing St Lu­cia to get on-board with the le­gal­i­sa­tion of the now il­le­gal herb or face the con­se­quences in the tourism mar­ket from his coun­try.

Canada re­cently le­galised the use of mar­i­juana for recre­ational and medic­i­nal pur­poses and Emery said Cana­di­ans are now free to carry the sub­stance across their coun­try.

He pointed out that Cana­di­ans are go­ing to come to St Lu­cia, where cannabis is il­le­gal, and if they can­not find mar­i­juana eas­ily and read­ily, they are go­ing to bring their own from Canada, which might cause prob­lems.

“This is go­ing to cause sit­u­a­tions at im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms which will have peo­ple putting on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram and Face­book, oh I was ar­rested at cus­toms in St Lu­cia and they took away my cannabis and give me a fine,” Emery said. “This is go­ing to be bad pub­lic­ity.”

He stated that coun­tries in the Caribbean that le­galise mar­i­juana will def­i­nitely reap ben­e­fits.

“You go­ing to have five [thou­sand], ten thou­sand Cana­di­ans, min­i­mum, com­ing this win­ter and they are not go­ing to find cannabis and they are go­ing to be frus­trated and go to Ja­maica,” Emery re­marked.

An­tigua and Bar­buda, Ja­maica and the Cay­man Is­lands are three Caribbean coun­tries that have so far de­crim­i­nalised mar­i­juana.

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