A look at marijuana growing in St. Vincent

  • In plain view: Jeffery Jordan lights up a marijuana cigarette in a spliff bar in Kingstown, St. Vincent, in the eastern Caribbean. CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Simone Edwards does not agree with legalizing marijuana. He lives in Dark View Falls, a rural village in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the eastern Caribbean where illegal marijuana plantations fuel the informal economy. Edwards said he fears allowances for medical marijuana will fuel violence among growers as prices drop and it becomes increasingly hard to make a living. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Art in a spliff bar in Kingstown, St Vincent in the West Indies, March 10, 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A man holds bags of marijuana packaged in a spliff bar in Kingstown, St Vincent in the eastern Caribbean, March 10, 2014. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jeffery Jordan, right, smokes a marijuana cigarette in a spliff bar in Kingstown, St Vincent, in the West Indies, March 10, 2014. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A family walks to church in Rose Bank, a region in St Vincent where marijuana is grown illegally in the mountains, March 10, 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Marijuana growers smoke their crop in Rose Bank, a rural town in Chateaubelair Islet, a region in St. Vincent where they illegally grow marijuana in the hills March 10, 2014. Growers say while they welcome talk of decriminalizing marijuana for recreational and religious use, they are divided about allowing it to be cultivated for medicinal purposes. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A gun drawn on a house in the rural town of Rose Bank in St. Vincent’s Chateaubelair Islet region March 10, 2014. The are is filled with hidden, illegal marijuana plantations. The drawing represents some of the concerns about increased violence sparked by more competition, should the government allow for medical marijuana. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A hillside in the town of Rose Bank, a town in St. Vincent in the region of Chateaubelair Islet, where they have fields of illegal marijuana plantations March 10. 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An advocate for marijuana growers, Junior “Spirit” Cottle, in his plant shop in Kingstown in St. Vincent in the West Indies March 10, 2014. Cottle, 63, is a longtime advocate for decriminalizing marijuana for personal and religious use. He worries that legalization will cut out the poor growers, whose illegal plantations allow them to make a living. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Two Rastas package marijuana in the back of a spliff bar in Kingstown, St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean March 10, 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Marijuana plant grows on the side of the road in Dark View Falls, a rural village in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where they grow marijuana illegally in the hills March 10, 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A marijuana plant grows in a front yard in Dark View Falls in St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean March 10, 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fritzroy Francois smells a marijuana plant in the town of Dark View Falls, a rural village in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where they have fields of illegal marijuana plantations March 10. 2014. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Allan Lewis smokes a marijuana cigarette in a spliff bar in Kingstown in St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean March 10, 2014. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fritzroy Francois smells a marijuana plant in the town of Dark View Falls, a rural village in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where they have fields of illegal marijuana plantations March 10. 2014. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF