Government challenged to take new approach to marijuana problem

ZIZ News…May 14, 2010 – The Government has been challenged to take a new approach to the marijuana problem that is said to be rampant here in the Federation and to re-educate young men on other means to make a living.

The call came from a frustrated eco-tour guide who is also the Director of Peak Haven in Nevis, Mrs Claristine Herbert.

Mrs Herbert has just returned from a regional workshop which was organized by CANARI in Trinidad. She told ZIZ News that marijuana farming is posing a huge problem, not just here, but across the region.

She calls on the Government to revise its plans on reaching delinquent individuals, in this regard, and emphasized the need for food crop farming as oppose to marijuana farming, to ensure food security.

The theme of the workshop was “Forests for people, People for forests: Forest-based livelihoods in the Caribbean.”

One of the goals was for the participants to identify and promote policies and practices that support sustainable forest-based livelihoods in the region.

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