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Caricom to create commission amid marijuana debate

Caricom to create commission charged with analyzing marijuana legalization

Caricom to create commission amid marijuana debate

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- Caribbean trade bloc leaders say they are creating a regional commission to analyze the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

Last Wednesday's announcement follows a two-day summit in which Caricom members discussed a preliminary report that found decriminalizing medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy. The report was compiled by Caricom researchers.

St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said there was in-depth discussion of the issue at the summit, but that leaders want a more comprehensive study. The commission is charged with presenting its report in early July for a Caricom summit in Antigua.

Activists in Jamaica, St. Lucia and other islands have been pushing to legalize marijuana use.