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Decriminalising Marijuana + more in Caribbean news in brief

PICTURED: Agriculture Minister, Saboto Ceaser,  

JAMAICA LAUNCHES CANCER REGISTRY

JAMAICA HAS launched a National Cancer  Registry (NCR) to help  plan and implement  cancer prevention and  control programmes.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the NCR would help identify areas for research and for better understanding of the risk factors and causes of cancer in Jamaica.

ASSOCIATION GIVESSCOTIA SALE NOD

THE CARIBBEAN Association of Bankers has said it supports the proposed takeover of Canada’s Scotiabank Caribbean operations  by the Trinidad-owned Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. The plan, which takes place as Scotiabank adjusts its Latin American and Caribbean portfolio, has met some queries in parts of the region and will need national approval.

ST VINCENT COULD BE ‘CANNABIS HUB'

ST VINCENT and the Grenadines has become the first Eastern Caribbean state to start the move towards decriminalising marijuana for medical purposes and scientific research.

Agriculture Minister, Saboto Ceaser,  said that the passing of the bill in early December would position St Vincent to become a global leader in medical cannabis production and research.

PARANG, A MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS

THE ORGANISERS of the festival for Trinidad’s traditional Christmas music, Parang, have plans to extend the seasonal music to a year-round sound. The National Parang Association said that, following a successful 2018 festival, they wanted to stage an Easter event and promote a more Latin-infused sound beyond Christmas

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