This country’s Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has warned that the region could be left behind due to its failure to act cohesively on the issue of marijuana.

According to Caribbean 360 News, the Prime Minister warned that negligence or refusal to move with urgency and good sense could result in outside forces taking advantage of such inaction by imposing “ignoble covenants” on states.

Dr. Gonsalves issued the stark warning last night during a lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, where he noted that the marijuana business is evolving from illegality to decriminalization, particularly in respect of medical use and small quantities for recreational and religious purposes.

He reportedly urged UWI to take the lead by conducting much needed research.

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