While several platform speakers have pushed the idea that persons would be able to grow 4-5 marijuana plants in their backyard, the stated policy in the NDP manifesto is not quite so liberal.
North Leeward MP and opposition candidate Roland ‘Patel’ Matthews while speaking at the launch of his party’s manifesto committed to developing a North Leeward brand of marijuana. He went on further to say:
“We are going to ensure that at least two ounces are used for recreational purposes so when you are on the block and you have your two ounces of weed in your hand, no police can lock you up because it will be legal.”
“I take ganja personally. I know the struggle of living in fanny mountain with a piece of tarpaulin over your head and the cold breeze…and you have to drink water which is rat infested. I know men who died from leptospirosis because they drink water or they eat something the rat pass on.”
However, the manifesto explicitly states that any such development will be localized only to North Leeward rather than across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The NDP in its manifesto on page 30 says that in “defined areas in North Leeward, we will legalize recreational use of marijuana. These will be known as Marijuana Freedom Zones. These zones will encourage tourism and create opportunities for new accommodation, restaurants, bars and related services in North Leeward, all leading to business opportunities and more jobs.”
The two term MP from North Leeward also sees spin offs from the marijuana freedom zones in North Leeward which he claims will redound to the benefit of local shop keepers, cultivators and their families.