Cannabis Growers Displaced By Volcanic Eruption In St Vincent & Grenadines


A devastating volcanic eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines has caused a major humanitarian crisis in the Caribbean country, with many traditional cannabis farmers now calling for international support. Some 16,000 people living close to the La Soufrière volcano have been evacuated since it first erupted on April 9, yet many of those who return will find their cannabis crops – and, therefore, their livelihoods – totally destroyed. Related Post Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s Cannabis Legalisation Bill Cannabis In St Vincent And The Grenadines Despite a long history of prohibition, cannabis has for many years been an important cash crop for local communities in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Even in the face of US-sponsored eradication programmes, cannabis is still estimated to have rivalled banana cultivation in terms of economic value in the island nation over the past 50 years. Only in 2018 did St Vincent and the Grenadines finally pass a law allowing for the production of medical cannabis, while also decriminalising home growing and possession. This new legislation sparked a wave of interest from several of the big players within the medical cannabis scene, with a number of foreign companies having invested in growing facilities in the Caribbean country. In spite of this, the majority of cannabis grown in St Vincent and the Grenadines is produced by local, traditional cultivators. This generally means that plants are grown outdoors rather than in greenhouses or large grow rooms, with cultivators taking advantage of the superb growing conditions. For instance, the volcanic soil is enriched with nutrients and lends itself to cannabis cultivation, while abundant sunshine and rainfall allow for continual growing throughout the year. Participation in the country’s newly established medical cannabis market was therefore expected to benefit many local cultivators in a significant way, yet…

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