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The Caribbean Medico-Legal Cannabis Conference (CANNA-BLISS) was inaugurated in St Kitts and Nevis on Friday, with Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew stating that the country is on the brink of a transformative era.
The two-day conference is set to discuss the role of cannabis in St Kitts and Nevis’s future, particularly its potential for medical and economic purposes.
Prime Minister Drew emphasized that the call to end the war on cannabis is rooted in a profound understanding that transcends outdated ideologies and embraces a more compassionate, equitable, and informed approach.
He also highlighted the importance of cannabis production not only for economic diversification but also for food security.
The emerging global market for medicinal cannabis and artisan hemp products offers unparalleled economic opportunities for St Kitts-Nevis and the Caribbean region.
The Medicinal Cannabis Authority, guided by the principles of empathy, efficiency, and equity, aims to establish an industry that contributes to the holistic betterment of human health and the environment.
The authority’s core values emphasize compassion, diversity, empowerment, natural healthcare, alternative solutions, and research.
Prime Minister Drew emphasized that the country’s roadmap for the cannabis industry aims not just for profitability but for driving advancements that contribute to the well-being of local and international consumers.
He urged the delegates to imagine a future where citizens and tourists have access to a variety of naturally derived and evidence-based cannabinoid products and services.
St Kitts-Nevis’s collaboration with the US-based Southern University represents a significant stride in the country’s commitment to research, innovation, and knowledge-sharing.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by both parties underscores their commitment to leveraging Southern University’s expertise in areas such as crop development, medicinal plant research, specifically concerning medicinal cannabis, and livestock farming.