Former Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Martin is advocating for the twin island state to actively look into ways for the cannabis industry to be a huge contributor to the country’s gross domestic product.
Dr. Martin made the call while giving a commentary on the medicinal and industrial benefits of the plant.
“A cannabis industry for St. Kitts and Nevis is bigger than Alki David. He is a potential investor, not “the next best thing since slice bread”, he said in reference to the businessman who was embroiled in legal matters, even while expressing interest in partnering with local farmers in the cannabis industry.
He implored Kittitians and Nevisians to capitalize on the opportunities that cannabis cultivation provides, especially now that we have a greater awareness of the immense benefits.
“Cannabis demonization is an external-origin distraction aided and abetted by internal agents of control. Their game is to undermine indigenous production to prevent ordinary people from enjoying the highest possible quality of life.
Now that the deception has been exposed, the St. Kitts and Nevis electorate should appoint better shepherds to position the nation to be a strong player in the agricultural marketplace as a net producer,” Dr. Martin noted.
A first reading of the cannabis bill was read last week in Parliament. The government views it as legislative approval for and regulate the use of cannabis for medicinal, religious and recreational purposes.