CANNABIS CULTURE – The eruption of La Soufrière, a volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, has devastated the local Rastafari community who have been unable to receive any financial relief from the government.
“Our rights have been ignored because of the simple fact that we are the vanguard of the people and we speak the people’s rights,” said Irasto Chance, ambassador to the St. Vincent Bobo Shanti mansion of Rastafari.
Chance says the Rastafari community advocates for policies unfavorable to the government like receiving reparations for slavery, growing cannabis for economic growth, and repatriation to Africa. Because the community does not vote or participate in government activities, they have not received support or supplies. “We don’t need any constitutional change [right now]. We need human rights,” says Chance.
Relief efforts provided by the government and humanitarian organizations have been difficult since volcanic activity is still ongoing and could continue for the next four months.
In an interview with journalists, Prime Minister Ralph
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