Lobbyists call for Jamaica to decriminalize pot

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Lobbyists in Jamaica are urging the government to move quickly to decriminalize pot and establish a local medical marijuana industry.

The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce organized a three-day conference on marijuana decriminalization with Jamaica's largest university. It ended Saturday.

On Sunday, the lobbyists issued a 12-point roadmap they want the government to follow. They assert Jamaica can significantly benefit from cannabis commercialization.

Pot has been pervasive but outlawed in Jamaica for a century. But with some successes by the legalization movement around the globe, there's a growing push to lift restrictions on the Caribbean island.

Some Cabinet ministers have publicly taken up the idea of medical marijuana and pot decriminalization. But the government has provided little indication of its thinking on the issue.

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