Medical use of cannabis was legalized in November 2019 through the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill.[1][2] A second bill that was passed, the Sacramental Cannabis Bill, allows the spiritual use of cannabis by registered Rastafarians.[1][3]

Cannabis in Barbados is illegal for recreational use, but the drug is in high demand on the island. Cannabis is sourced from St. Vincent and Jamaica by local dealers who pool resources to buy consignments of the drug, transported by go-fast boats.[4]

According to the CIA, Barbados is one of many Caribbean transshipment points for narcotics bound for Europe and the US.[5]


  1. ^ a b Lamers, Matt (3 December 2019). "Barbados medical cannabis law clears final hurdle in Parliament". Marijuana Business Daily. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Barbados boards marijuana train". Jamaica Observer. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  3. ^ McDonald, Clydeen (17 January 2020). "Barbados Tiptoes Ahead With Cannabis Plans—Carefully". Cannabis Wire. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  4. ^ William R. Brownfield (May 2011). International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Volume I: Drug and Chemical Control. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4379-8272-5.
  5. ^ "Barbados". CIA World Fact Book. Retrieved 23 March 2021.

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