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Caribbean gov’ts urged to take unified approach to cannabis trade


Speaking at the CanEx Business Conference and Expo in Montego Bay St Vincent and the Grenadines Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar said small Caribbean states should no longer be competing against each other. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

St Vincent and the Grenadines Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar is calling for Caricom and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to take a collective approach to the development of standards governing the negotiation of cannabis trade agreements for their member states. In making the call at the CanEx Business Conference and Expo in Montego Bay on Thursday, Caesar said small Caribbean states should no longer be competing against each other. “So many of our regional initiatives have failed because we pit one small island developing state against another and collectively, we devalue our shared value proposition, Caesar said. He said if the Caribbean as a region intends to fully realise the opportunity that the fast-growing cannabis industry presents, it must develop a unified approach and ensures a seat at the international table.  “My fear is that if Caribbean leaders don’t get the cannabis strategy right, we may end up losing out on one of the most lucrative exports in our region’s history; more lucrative than bananas, tobacco, cotton or sugar cane,” added Caesar. read the full story: http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/caribbean-govts-urged-take-unified-approach-cannabis-trade


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