Caricom leaders are scheduled to meet in the Bahamas to discuss a number of key issues, including the push to make European nations pay for slavery and to establish a commission on marijuana decriminalization, the bloc said.

Prime Minister Perry Christie will chair the summit. He said in an announcement that leaders would try to determine how to finance and set up a commission that would likely recommend changes to legislation in most of the 15-member countries to stop punishing community citizens for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Leaders at their last two summits in the past year had also pledged to examine whether the region can cash in on the growing global medical marijuana industry by setting it up in an organized way with rules and regulations. In this regard, Jamaica appears to have completed most of the research and other work from which other countries could adopt for their own use, including a recommendation to parliament to make it a noncustodial offence for anyone arrested with less than two ounces of marijuana.

Jamaica’s parliament is scheduled to begin a full debate on the entire marijuana issue in the coming weeks as experts look north to the U.S., pointing to its fast growing medical marijuana sector and the billions it is bringing to the economy in a controlled way. It is unclear whether the leader of Caricom, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent, will brief leaders on the marijuana issue or whether representatives from the umbrella regional body will do so.

The agenda also includes a full discussion on the status of efforts to make Britain and other European nations compensate the region for the brutal transatlantic slave trade. Governments have established an umbrella body to study the issue. The commission has already hired a British human rights law firm that forced Britain to pay compensation to Kenyan tribesmen for atrocities committed against them in the colonial era.

The plan is to formally sue the U.K., Spain, the Netherlands, France and other countries that brought African slaves across the Atlantic to work on plantations without pay for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Christie said that another crucial agenda item would be the search for financing of the Guyana-based bloc headquarters and related institutions.

On the issue of security, Perry said that a meeting of the umbrella Council of National Security and Law Enforcement would take place this week to consider “the briefings of the commissioners of police and intelligence agencies” in light of the threat of the Islamic State to Iraq and Syria.