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Caribbean news in brief: Marijuana, renewable energy + more

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GOVERNMENTS GET MARIJUANA PAPER

The Caricom Regional Marijuana Commission has submitted a status report to heads of government indicating that they found “strong opinions” and “strong lobbying”
on marijuana legalisation across the Caribbean. The Commission called for more public education and a coherent regional approach as some mem- ber states explore law reform on marijuana.

CUBA AND CHINA’S GREEN AGREEMENT

Cuba has chosen Chinese-produced equipment for new renewable energy projects. The work is part of Cuba’s plan to meet all its energy needs with renewable sources by 2050. The new projects include what will be the island’s largest wind farm complex which will generate 101 megawatts of energy, saving 39,000 tons of fuel a year.

BARBADOS MAKES FINANCIAL PLEDGE

Following the removal of Barbados and Grenada from an EU tax haven blacklist, Barbados said it is not resting on its laurels. An Industry Ministry statement said that “while this augurs well for Barbados, the jurisdiction remains committed to positioning itself as a place of choice in the international financial services sector”.

RUBBED UP THE RIGHT WAY

Two brothers have cashed in on Trinidad & Tobago’s hot topic – whether a man can wine (rub) on a woman during carnival without her permission, sparked by police warnings. The Charles brothers said they created red and green badges, which state permission (or not). They are onto their second batch of badges due to high demand.

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