BY NADINE WILSON
DIRECTOR of the Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute Dr Marcus Day believes the time has come for regional governments to legalise marijuana to counteract the spread of HIV.
“I think we should regulate cannabis (marijuana) use the same way we regulate alcohol use, the same way they are talking about regulating it in the states of Washington and Colorado in America,” said Day, an HIV/AIDS specialist and coordinator of the Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition.
“Cannabis actually keeps viral progression down in a body. If you are HIV positive and you are not on medication, smoking cannabis is actually therapeutic, and that’s science, not people’s opinion,” he told the Jamaica Observer on a visit to the island last week.