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Caricom to analyze implications of legalizing marijuana use

February 28, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A Caribbean trade bloc says it will form a commission to analyze the social, economic, health and legal impact of decriminalizing marijuana use.

The announcement comes as Caricom awaits a report on how medical marijuana could help boost the region’s economy. The report is scheduled to be released in February 2016.

Barbados Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart said Friday that leaders would not be rushed into a decision. He spoke at a two-day Caricom summit held in the Bahamas.

Earlier this week, Jamaica’s Parliament approved a bill that decriminalizes small amounts of pot and establishes a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry.

Activists in St. Lucia and other Caribbean islands have been pushing to legalize marijuana use.

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