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As youth turn to marijuana, some fear Haiti’s future is going up in smoke

Behind Practice of the North High School
Behind Practice of the North High School (CPN) where a weed station is in Cap-Haitien. Photo by Oldjy François for The Haitian Times

The Haitian Times 
By Onz Chery

Sunday, June 26, marks the 33rd International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. For the occasion, The Haitian Times looks at the rise of marijuana use among youth in Haiti, specifically in Cap-Haitien.

CAP-HAITIEN — Near Practice of the North High School (CPN) along Letter A, fritay vendors, rice and legim cooks and taxi-moto drivers stand at their stations around the property, all at the service of the students. Behind the school is another area that’s become a fixture, the baz bóz, where marijuana is sold.

Residents refer to this baz bóz, which literally means the “weed station” in English, as Lakou New York, or New York Yard. Here, a few dealers usually sit on a tire or chair, or sometimes they stand. With serious looks on their faces and often yellowish eyes, they look menacing and have shooed away people who don’t seem to be buying.

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