Saint Kitts Court Upholds Right to Consume Marijuana in Private

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS — Adults in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (population: 55,000) may legally consume cannabis in private, according to a ruling from the nation’s highest court.

The court determined that provisions outlawing the blanket use and possession of cannabis infringed upon citizen’s constitutional freedoms. The ruling does not negate existing laws outlawing the trafficking or sale of cannabis.

The nation’s Attorney General now has 90 days to comport island law with the court’s order.

Last year, justices in South Africa issued a similar verdict upholding that the adult consumption of cannabis in private is constitutionally protected behavior.

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