Articles By Clydeen McDonald

Business

A Virgin Island Legalization Plan Rests on Tourism. Are the Tourists Coming?

Critics want to slow down and get the plan right, and some worry that Covid may render projections too rosy.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Joins the Race to Legalize Cannabis

The nation’s leaders have agreed to draw up adult-use legislation and set a date to vote on it.

Caribbean

Jamaica Unveils New Cannabis Standards, With an Eye Toward the Global Industry

“While we are a locally-based industry, we are globally focused,” said Minister Floyd Green.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Considers the Economics of Cannabis Reform

An analysis presents a case for adult-use, among other reforms, as the country’s leaders consider how to shape legislation.

Caribbean

The British Virgin Islands: Yes to Medical Cannabis but No to Adult Use

With an eye toward exports, the BVI government aims to create a $30 million industry for domestically cultivated cannabis. But high fines and long sentences stay in place.

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing From the First Six Months of Cannabis Decriminalization

Arrests are down, illicit crops are up, and everyone awaits further legislation.

Caribbean

Bermuda Talks Banking as Cannabis Bill Goes to Public Consultations

A draft bill to legalize cannabis for adult use was released last week for public input.

Caribbean

Barbados: A Medical Cannabis Industry Seems Close to Launch, but Small Farmers Fear They’ll Be Left Behind

At a meeting, regulators hear worries that big international companies will dominate.

Caribbean

As U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Reintroduces Cannabis Legalization, Debate Returns to Taxes

A similar bill failed in December amid debate over whether cannabis tax revenue should go toward saving the pension fund, or toward boosting other sectors, such as infrastructure and tourism.