St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalization of marijuana.

Harris, responding to a question while appearing as a guest on WINN FM 98.9’s Voices programme last week, said the decriminalization of marijuana is a matter for national consultation.

According to Caribbean News Now, there has been increasing calls from members of the public, particularly from the Rastafarian community, to legalize marijuana.

However, the prime minister said a national discussion is important to the overall educational process on the issue, where “people can look objectively at the pros and the cons in relation to this matter and determine where the country could find a consensus with regard to all the knowledge that we must know.”

In the meantime, Harris reaffirmed that the country will uphold the laws that are now on the books and called on citizens and residents to abide by the laws of the land.

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