One of Grenada’s leading defence lawyers, Canadian trained and former advisor to the Grenada Government on maritime law, is once again calling on Government to put aside personal egos and embrace the herb, cannabis (Marijuana) for its value and potential benefit to the country’s economy.
Addressing members of the media during a press conference on Tuesday Anselm Clouden, a man who has been lobbying almost singlehandedly for the past thirty months for the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, has once again called on Government to follow the direction of neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines, that is expected to net in excess of one hundred and fifty million dollars from the issuance of licenses to marijuana producers by the end of October 2019.
Clouden told reporters irrespective of the stand taken by the Grenada Government, it is now globally accepted that marijuana is what it is, an herb and therefore several countries are swiftly moving to capitalize on its value. The attorney-at-law said in the absence of proper safety nets, welfare programmes or unemployment insurance in Grenada, refusal to engage the citizenry concerning ascertaining whether or not they are ready to embrace the production of marijuana, amounts to a dereliction of responsibility to the people of Grenada.
According to Clouden the recent stand taken by St. Vincent and the Grenadines to issue licenses for the production of medicinal marijuana from last week is expected to yield millions of dollars into that countries economy.
Licenses were issued in different categories with each attracting a different price. Religious groups and cooperatives were also granted cultivation licenses.
In addition to supplying the local St. Vincent market, these producers with the help of CARICOM have also identified markets in the region with the hope of supplying high-grade marijuana.
Clouded noted that with an estimated annual intake of over one billion dollars for the next five years to the economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the time has come for the Government of Grenada to give serious consideration to embracing a new approach to marijuana use, a move he said that has the potential of putting needed cash in the hands of ordinary Grenadians.
Grenada, Clouden said has top quality soil, and the land capacity to accommodate this move and he calls on the powers that be to do what is necessary. He noted, that any move to go contrary to global trends, would be a travesty and a dereliction of responsibility to the Grenadian people.