CARICOM officials have agreed to establish a commission to examine marijuana use within the region.
The decision was made on Wednesday at the CARICOM Heads of Government Summit taking place this week at Sandals Grande Antigua.
The CARICOM Heads of Government have approved a Terms of Reference for a Regional Commission on Marijuana.
This commission will be charged with conducting a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the region according to the CARICOM secretariat.
The commission will then advise the organization as to whether there should be a change in the drug’s classification as an illegal substance.
While members have not yet been officially appointed to the commission, CARICOM expects to have the group to be assembled, and its investigation completed within a year.
Jamaica’s cabinet recently approved a bill to decriminalize marijuana. Under the new bill individuals found with up to two ounces of the drug will be ticketed and fined. It also erases the records of those convicted for carrying a similar amount of ganja.