Caribbean Winds of Change for Cannabis?

The Caribbean is questioning its enduring ties to the British Crown, as it seeks to fully turn the page on its colonial past. During the next few years, we will likely see several of the independent Caribbean nations that maintain constitutional ties to the British monarch become republics, led by local heads of state. These winds of change could also inspire new thinking regarding cannabis legalization.

Many of Britain’s former territories opted to keep the British monarch as their head of state following their independence. One example with which many Americans are familiar is Canada. The fact that Canada is a monarchy explains why the names of some Canadian government agencies include the prefix “royal” (for example, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and why Queen Elizabeth II adorns Canadian coins.

Until recently the situation in Barbados was similar to Canada’s, but on November 30, 2021, the island became a republic, bidding farewell to centuries of royal rule. The significance of the event went far beyond the change in the country’s form of government: For the first time in its history, Barbados’ head of state is a Barbadian, rather than a British king or queen.

In all likelihood, Barbados will be

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