The Select Committee of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been meeting at the House of Parliament for the past two weeks discussing the topic of allowing the medicinal cannabis industry to thrive here in SVG.

With the last meeting due to take place on October 12, a government official has revealed that the three draft Bills are expected to be discussed and passed when Parliament sits on the week of October 15, 2018. Passage of the medicinal cannabis Bills, plus strong support from the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to position the island as part of a powerful Caribbean hub for medicinal cannabis innovation. The leadership of Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar, along with support from the Cabinet of Ministers, has driven forth the legislative reform on medicinal cannabis.

According to the government official, “This government is committed to development of a St. Vincent and the Grenadines medicinal cannabis industry, capable of supplying both domestic and international markets.” St Vincent and the Grenadines has a long history of agriculture production owing to the country’s fertile volcanic soil. The passage of the medicinal cannabis legislation will enable farmers – individually and collectively, in making St. Vincent and the Grenadines become a lead producer of organically certified medicinal cannabis, rivaling any in the entire Western Hemisphere. With the passage of the medicinal cannabis Bills in sight, the government official stated, “We will work with doctors, researchers, industry and the relevant agencies to facilitate the development of the industry. This industry will establish St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a responsible supplier of high quality medicinal cannabis to patients in need, everywhere the world.”

Anticipation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is at a heightened state, as the country is expected to make the historic move towards the establishment of the medicinal cannabis industry this month. Passage of the Bills are expected just a few days before the island celebrates its 39th Independence Anniversary on October 27, 2018.