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Antigua: Sir Prince Favours Decriminalising Marijuana

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Observer, 31 Aug 2012 - St. John's, Antigua -- A prominent doctor said he would indeed prescribe medical marijuana to patients if the drug were decriminalised in Antigua & Barbuda. Sir Prince Ramsey relayed that the positives of medicinal marijuana use outweigh the negatives associated with it -- a position that he has held for the last 12 years.

Antigua: Former Prison Boss Hesitant To Join 'decriminalise'

Sat, 01 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Observer, 01 Sep 2012 - St. John's, Antigua -- Many have come out in support of decriminalising marijuana use in Antigua & Barbuda, but former prison boss Eric Henry said he is yet to be convinced to join the band wagon. Admitting he lacks the medical expertise to guide his views, he said experience during his years in law enforcement and exposure to many who have been affected by their repeated use of the drug convinces him it should remain a criminal offence here.

Antigua: Advocate Says No Backlash for Decriminalising 'Herb'

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Observer, 25 Aug 2012 - St. John's Antigua- An internationally recognized drug policy reform advocate has said Antigua & Barbuda need not fear the wrath of the United States if government chooses to decriminalise small amounts of marijuana. "What it boils down to is that any country, even a small country like Antigua, can decriminalise and end the criminalisation of (cannabis) possession unilaterally, with virtually no negative feedback from other countries," Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance in New York said in an exclusive interview with OBSERVER Media.

Antigua: Local Rastafarian Weighs In On Legitimising Marijuana

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Observer, 21 Aug 2012 - St. John's Antigua- A move to consider the decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana in Belize has evoked reaction locally. Rastafarian elder King Frank-I said Antigua & Barbuda's Rastafarian community, which has been making repeated calls for the drug to be decriminalised, wants authorities here to pattern the Belize model.

Antigua: Rasta Elder Wants Antigua To Show Spine On Ganja Issue

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Observer, 12 Jul 2011 - A leading local advocate for the decriminalisation of marijuana does not believe his efforts (and that of others like-minded) will be crippled by the latest US Justice Department ruling. The American federal government has officially declared that marijuana (or cannabis) has "no accepted medical use" and should remain classified as "a dangerous and addictive drug." What this means is that in the US, marijuana continues to be regarded in the same category as other potent (and illegal) drugs like cocaine and heroin.

Antigua: Editorial: US Assistance Timely And Welcome

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Sun St. Kitts and Nevis, 18 Jul 2008 - The United States Navy offered some assistance to the Caribbean region as the individual territories try to come to terms with the potential dangers each may be exposed to through travel on the high seas by a variety of entities. Right off the bat, one would feel very safe in suggesting there are two key areas under extreme scrutiny. There is, first of all, the scourge that is the trans-shipment of illegal drugs and their accompanying arms and ammunition. These have been known over the years to have a great negative impact on the region, as matters relating to crime and the erosion of countries' human resource base seem inextricably linked one to the other. The relation to crime and violence, however, would be a key concern to all regional authorities who have seen a sharp escalation in violent criminal activities around the region. Many associate this with a reportedly, once thriving drug trade in the region and there are several jurisdictions that claim to have records which show violent crime increased steadily with the similar movement of the drug trade.

Antigua: Column: Illegal Drugs -- A Real Threat To Our Region

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Antigua Sun, 20 Jun 2008 - The Caribbean Community (Caricom) continues to battle the world economic forces that has driven-up the cost of living in the region and made a reality of negative food challenges, which now exist in many households. Despite this phenomenon, the problems created by the drug trade still permeate the strata of society and continue to be a source of concern for the health, welfare and security of many citizens. For example, users of illegal drugs may turn to crime to pay for their habit, and this could affect the lives of family members, friends and generally other people. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) initiated the use of 26 June each year, to observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Many countries will focus on the slogan, "Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs." This year the focus will be on drug cultivation and production.

Antigua: Editorial: The Continuing Drug Scourge

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Sun St. Kitts and Nevis, 06 Feb 2008 - There have been many wars waged on different fronts, all with the same goal in mind and that is to rid countries of the illegal drug trade that continues to flourish despite these efforts. The statistics are not readily at hand but one cannot be too far off, if it were suggested that drugs continue to wreak havoc on the minds of the young people of several countries of the region and have been responsible for a high percentage of the people we see walking zombie-like around the various cities making a nuisance of themselves as they confront other members of the public seeking to find ways to obtain material for their next drug binge.

Antigua: Police Destroy Drugs

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Sun St. Kitts and Nevis, 18 Jan 2008 - To quash allegations by the public about what happens to drugs when they are seized by police, they destroyed over 4,000 marijuana plants on Wednesday. According to the public relations officer of the force, Cromwell Henry, "there have been allegations about what happens to drugs that come into police custody, some persons allege that police officers sell the drugs, some allege that the police use the drugs so we take this opportunity to show to the public that the drugs are in fact destroyed by the police."