History of CBD and Cannabis In: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Any person who has visited the overwhelmingly beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Vincent or the Grenadine Islands undoubtedly has a lot of memories to hold onto. It’s a stunning location with all kinds of friendly people and plenty of unique things to do. It also has something else that makes it quite distinct. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are an area where traditionally, cannabis cultivation has not been considered legal, yet it’s also been a very important part of the history and culture of the area.
This might seem like a contradiction, but it’s really not that much different from several of the other islands in that particular region. More recently, things have started to change a bit but in order to understand these changes, it’s imperative to understand how it all got started in the first place.
Is Cannabis Important to the Culture There?
In a nutshell, the answer is a resounding yes. As a matter of fact, many of the residence there routinely use cannabis. Some might even take it a step further and say that the majority of citizens use it routinely. The interesting thing is that up until late last year, it was actually considered an illegal substance.
It wasn’t until the government there legalized it for medicinal purposes in December of 2018 that it became legal, and even then it’s only legal in certain circumstances. As previously mentioned, it’s allowed only for medicinal purposes, at least if you want to get technical about things. That said, cannabis is a product that has been widely grown and utilized in the area for years and no one has ever seemed to have a problem with it.
Does Cannabis Cultivation Help the Local Economy?
This was actually one of the main reasons for legalizing cannabis in the first place. Previously, residents of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were only using a relatively small portion of the cannabis that they were producing in the area. An overwhelming 80% of the crops they were cultivating was actually going to a neighboring island, Saint Lucia.
That means that there was a great deal of missed opportunity when it came to making money on all of this cannabis that was being sent off somewhere else. Officials finally realized that and decided it was time to change some of the laws so that they could recoup some monetary benefit from the cannabis that was already being produced in the area.
In truth, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are not really that different from so many other areas around the world where the use of marijuana and CBD is already extremely popular. Like many other parts of the world, the government there has been a bit slow to come around to the citizens’ way of thinking, but it does seem to be happening.
So far, they’ve realized that they stand to benefit economically from allowing people to legally grow crops of marijuana and hemp. Therefore, residents who meet the local government’s criteria are now allowed to produce various forms of cannabis, including medical marijuana and CBD.