News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 18, 2018: As more and more countries across the Caribbean consider decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a legislator in Trinidad and Tobago wants the twin-island Republic to follow suit.

Independent Senator, Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir, is urging the island’s government to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying the initiative could also help in the diversification of the economy of the oil-rich republic.

Mahabir, a University of the West Indies lecturer, made the suggestion as he was debating the Finance and Appropriation Bill in the Senate on Tuesday.

Mahabir said that Canadians have been tapping into this opportunity and “it was about time we step up to the plate because our oil deals will not last forever.”

Last month, former health minister, Dr Fuad Khan, also called for Trinidad and Tobago to examine the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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