Rasta movement given assurances as marijuana bill debated

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The Barbados Government has given members of the Rastafarian movement the assurance that it has set aside at least 60 acres of land for its members to grow marijuana legally.

Agriculture Minister Indar Weir, speaking in Parliament on Friday, is also promising the group that it would play a major role on establishing a medicinal cannabis industry.

Weir said the Government has met on numerous occasions with at least two groups representing the Rastafarian community and agreed they would be included in the industry.

“There have been absolutely good cooperation between myself at the ministry and potential interest groups; I speak to the Rastafarian movement of Barbados.

“I have met with two different groups and I want to make it clear that we have indicated to them that they will be a part of this industry and that every effort will be made to make sure they are included, so we did consult with them,” he said, noting that the latest round of talks this week dealt “how we would go forward and in terms of how we can work together.

“We have already made provisions for them to have access to land as well, so that 60 acres of land being made available in Barbados to the Rastafarian community is the first step towards ensuring that they will not be left out of this.”

Earlier this week, the president of the African Heritage Foundation, Paul Ras Simba Rock, urged th Mia Mottley Government to allow Rastafarians to use marijuana for religious purposes.Sponsored Links.

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