Cannabis in Saint Kitts and Nevis

Cannabis in Saint Kitts and Nevis is illegal. Cannabis is grown on the islands for local consumption, previously mostly in the mountainous interior, but more recently in abandoned sugar cane fields as well.[1]

Legalization of medical cannabis and decriminalization[edit]

On February 20, 2019, Prime Minister Timothy Harris announced that his cabinet had accepted the unanimous recommendations from the National Marijuana Commission and would introduce the bills to legalize medicinal cannabis and decriminalize recreational use by people over the age of 18. Individuals found with under 15 grams of cannabis or growing less than 5 plants would only receive a ticket.[2][3]

In a court case on May 3, 2019, Justice Eddy Ventose ruled that Rastafarians and other adults over the age of 18 can use, possess and cultivate marijuana in private and has given the government 90 days to change the marijuana laws in the country. [1] [2]


  1. ^ William R. Brownfield (May 2011). International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Volume I: Drug and Chemical Control. DIANE Publishing. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-4379-8272-5.
  2. ^ "St Kitts & Nevis moves to decriminalise marijuana for medical use". Loop T&T. February 22, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Marijuana soon to be decriminalized in St Kitts". News 784. February 21, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2019.