The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis announced major drug policy reforms last week that will legalize medicinal cannabis and decriminalize recreational use by adults. In a statement before the National Assembly on February 20, Prime Minister Timothy Harris said that his cabinet had accepted the unanimous recommendations from the National Marijuana Commission and would introduce the bills required to make them law. The commission has been exploring options for cannabis policy reform through a series of public forums since 2017.
“This is a significant development done after 15 months of widespread consultations in Nevis and St. Kitts. We thank Dr. Hazel Laws and the entire National Commission for their excellent work,” Harris said.
The recommendations call for legislation creating a strictly regulated program for the use of cannabis and its derivatives for medicinal and scientific purposes. A licensing authority would be created to regulate cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and importation. Two tiers of cannabis practitioners would be established, herbalists for nonprescription marijuana products and medical practitioners for prescription cannabis medications, which would be required to comply with international labeling standards.
Harris said that his cabinet had also approved the recommendation to decriminalize small quantities of recreational pot, including cultivation.
“Those found with under 15 grams of cannabis or growing less than 5 plants