The benefits and dangers of Barbados’ participation in a changing global marijuana industry will be discussed next week when the Faculty of Social Sciences at Cave Hill hosts a symposium entitled, Marijuana: Perpetual Problem or Potential Problem Solver for Barbados.
It takes place at the 3Ws Pavilion, next Thursday and Friday.
While marijuana use for medical, religious and recreational purposes is prohibited locally, increasingly across the globe, cannabis is being redefined as a ‘medicine’ and its use has been decriminalized in some countries.
This redefinition has been accompanied by research that reconsiders the physical, social, psychological and economic harms caused by its use. It has shifted the policy response towards cannabis from a preoccupation with criminal justice to its usefulness in wellness promotion and public health.
The policy agenda in CARICOM countries and by extension Barbados now includes the classification of the drug and the policy approach to addressing its use.
The upcoming two-day symposium aims to explore the political, social and economic impacts surrounding the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal, religious and recreational use in Barbados.