Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Caribbean Rastafari Organization meeting in Grenada productive

The chairman of the Caribbean Rastafari Organization (CRO), Burnet “Bongo Wisely Tafari” Sealy has described the organization's directors’ meeting, held in Grenada from September 11-14, 2019, as fruitful and productive.

On the agenda was the implementing of strategies for the way forward of the organization; the ratification of the organization’s by-laws; and the discussion of issues relating to advocacy as it relates to cannabis reform, which is currently taking place throughout the region.

The countries represented were: Saint Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, Antigua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.

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According to Sealy, the decision to hold the meeting in Grenada was as a result of a request for assistance by the Rastafari community in Grenada for the CRO to reactivate the Rastafari Organization for Centralization (ROC), an organization which represents the interest of the Rastafari community in Grenada.

“We were able to get an interim committee in place with the mandate to mobilize the Rastafari community in Grenada with the intention of having fresh elections where a new executive will be elected to run the affairs of the ROC and thereby paving the way for them to become a full-fledged member of the CRO,” Sealy explained, adding that they got a lot of support from the Rastafari community there.

He said the CRO is now in a better position to continue its advocacy, which it has been doing for many years now.

Sealy said the CRO, which was established in Barbados in 1998, had lost its legal status over the past 10 years, adding that due to their brethren in Saint Kitts and Nevis they were able to reactivate it in January 2019.

He said one of the focus of the CRO at the moment, is to have its original members back on board.

As it relates to the steps being taken by the Government of Saint Lucia to decriminalize or legalized cannabis in Saint Lucia, Sealy said: “Honestly, I am very much dissatisfied.”

He said that although Saint Lucia has the most active advocacy group in the Caribbean as it relates to educating the public and even the government on the pros and cons of cannabis, the country has still not implemented the report by Caribbean Commission on Cannabis to change the laws regarding the herb.

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