Barbados this week will turn out to be the most current nation to actively pursue a healthcare marijuana system.

Dale Marshall, the country’s lawyer common, mentioned that a bill will be introduced to the Barbadian parliament on Tuesday. The legislation is anticipated to be debated later this month.

“We have committed to medicinal cannabis mainly because, as a fella mentioned: ‘You gotta go exactly where the science requires you,’ but there is constantly going to be some push back,” Marshall mentioned, as quoted by NationNews.

Marshall, who also serves as deputy leader of the nation, produced the remarks at a gathering of journalists at the Argentina Embassy in the Barbadian capital of Bridgetown. He mentioned he expects the bill to go up for debate in parliament on August 30.

Recreational marijuana is illegal in Barbados, the tiny Caribbean island nation that serves as a preferred location for each vacationers and offshore banking. Practically eighty % of the country’s roughly 280,000 residents are Christian, a possible hurdle for advocates who want to expand marijuana production on the island.

Marshall, even so, mentioned he does not anticipate push back from church leaders. “I do not believe that the churches are against medicinal cannabis. The single treaty on narcotics, which is the 1969 United Nations Convention, exempts what would generally be illegal drugs, so lengthy as the goal is either healthcare or scientific,” he mentioned at the press conference.

“Our massive problem is constantly going to be the feeling that if you can use marijuana for medicine then you could also use it for recreation and I believe that is what the religious neighborhood is concerned about,” Marshall added.

The announcement of the bill has been in motion for months. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley mentioned late final year that she was prepared for the island to join scores of other countries—as nicely as dozens of states and cities in the United States—who have reconsidered each the social price of marijuana prohibition, and the possible boon from legalization. Zimbabwe, mired in financial turmoil, mentioned final week it would repeal its ban on cannabis cultivation to open the door for hemp to turn out to be a new major crop export.

But as Mottley sees it, Barbados shouldn’t prioritize cannabis as an export, but alternatively use it to expand the country’s tourism business.

“Why would we seek to export when we can package and extract maximum worth by obtaining clinics as nicely as recuperative villages for individuals who want to deal with a particular aspect of discomfort management?” Mottley mentioned in December.