Marijuana use in CARICOM

Final Report

The law on cannabis/ marijuana is clearly an issue of deep social significance to Caribbean peoples. The Commission is pleased and indeed honoured that it was able, through the wise decision of the CARICOM Heads of Government in 2014, to be the mechanism through which these important voices were heard, an expression of genuine democracy. It hopes that this Report will be an important developmental tool centred on human rights and democratic ideals consonant with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that CARICOM has embraced enthusiastically and that it will bring meaningful change to Caribbean peoples.

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About the Commission

The Regional Commission on Marijuana was established by the decision of the Twenty-fifth Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government , in March 2014 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Heads “mandated the establishment of a Regional Commission to address the issues identified and any other deemed relevant in order to provide clear guidance to the Conference with regard to decisions to be taken.

The Commission, headed by Prof. Rose-Marie-Bell Antoine, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, is composed of practitioners with expert knowledge in a variety of disciplines including medicine and allied health, health research, law enforcement, ethics, education, anthropology/sociology/ culture.


Our Mandate


  1. To conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean and to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage (religious, recreational, medical and research);
  2. To recommend, if there is to be a re-classification, the legal and administrative conditions that shall apply;
  3. The Regional Commission comprising expertise from relevant professions and Institutions will be coordinated by the CCS in conjunction with CARPHA. It will collate the findings and prepare a final report to be submitted to Heads.

Scope of Work

Conduct a thorough review of documentation and findings from previous regional and international Marijuana Commissions to outline the benefits and adverse effects of marijuana use

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Meet the Commissioners

Dr. Maxine Gossell-Williams

Dr. Maxine Gossell-Williams

Senior Lecturer/Consultant PharmacologistsBSc(Chemistry/Biochemistry), MPhil(Pharmacology),

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