Minister

Minister
Hon. Saboto Caesar

Biography

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  Welcome to the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour.
The Ministry is the institutional body of the state responsible for the 
formulation, articulation and implementation of all policies and plans relating to Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour. 
The administrative arm of this Ministry is responsible for:
   - The co-ordination of all programmes of the various Departments, Divisions and Units.
  - The maintenance of communication with local, regional and international bodies affecting the functions of the Ministry.
  - The administration of revenue and expenditure transactions approved by Parliament.

The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour  conducted a series of community consultations to educate and solicit feedback on the legal framework for the establishment of a Medicinal Cannabis Industry here.

The legal framework is comprised of three draft bills:

  1. The Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill 2018 - which has the objective of establishing a Medicinal Cannabis Industry to provide for the lawful access to medicinal cannabis as an alternative treatment for persons who are suffering from a qualifying medical condition.
  2. The Cannabis Cultivation (Amnesty) Bill 2018 - which provides for an amnesty to grant a reprieve to persons in illegal cultivation of cannabis to transition them into legitimate medicinal cannabis farmers.
  3. The Permitted Use of Cannabis for Religious Purposes Bill 2018 - which seeks to provide for decriminalization and not legalization of cannabis for religious purposes.

The Bills have had their first reading when Parliament convened on September 6th, 2018.

These community consultations were held at the Diamond Government School, Troumaca Government School, South Rivers Learning Resource Center, Questelles Learning Resource Center and the Peace Memorial Hall. The panel consists of Dr. Jerrol Thompson and representatives from the Attorney General’s Chambers.

 

SOURCE:  Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour

phone
(784) 456-1410
pbx
(784) 456-1111
ext. no.
321/311
email
office.agriculture@mail.gov.vc, agricomsvg@gmail.com

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