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No decriminalisation!


Government is again being warned against decriminalising marijuana.

The advice was issued last night by well-known drug counsellor Roger Husbands, who insists this will not drive down crime or reduce the number of people smoking the drug.

He told a drug awareness activity at the Restoration Ministries, Brittons Hill, that the disadvantages far outweigh any benefits as touted by proponents of decriminalisation.

It’s not going to help the economy because you will still have more people at the psychiatric hospital, you’ll have some people sick from respiratory problems and cancer and heart disease. [It would] create more problems,” he contended.

Husbands said putting in place restrictions on the amount of drug that can be purchased by one individual is also not the answer since some residents have shown a propensity to do what is wrong.

On another issue, the counsellor said the decision to ban corporal punishment in schools has not worked.

He said many students are still very aggressive, and continue to tease and torment teachers.

Total disrespect” is how Husbands described the situation.


21 Responses to No decriminalisation!

  1. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding July 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Ha…Mr.Husbands….you are just repeatin what we have been hearin for years….an you are just fightin against the earth an the fullness there of….stop lookin at the smokin consumation an look at the benefits of what it can be use for….smokin ganja is the least of it use…..brain education to make us the fools……be wake up…we are in the future…

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Drugs or a big word so say which drugs or bad,an if ur talking about drugs that cause people to do bad or sick or go crazy things like that ,lets talk about crack cocaine an heavy drugs of this nature,an let’s talk about freedom of choice an that people use these harmful drugs that or not natural an or dangerous to the body or mind,they or good an bad drugs we all know this problem is people don’t know the difference…

  3. Dean Scantlebury
    Dean Scantlebury July 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Who’s paying this guy to talk this trash? Everyone knows that the not-so-royal police would have to reduce their numbers if they could not arrest their brothers for using this harmless herb. It’s job security for police, judges and lawyers…..

  4. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis July 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    As soon as Mr. Husbands can produce documents to prove his OPINION , Ill listen….right now to legalize and regulate cannabis would be a smart move by the government in my opinion… TAX it at 75%, create or improve agriculture industry……use the profits to upgrade law enforcement technology, drug treatment and repair schools and infrastructure. Colorado after 6 months of being legal took in 11 million USD, projected conservative figures are 60-80 million USD the 1st year. As a retired law enforcement officer, I was resistant to making it legal…however here in Barbados, it is a cash crop for gangs and other criminals…keeping it illegal…brings corruption, its sister menace, illegal guns, and increased violence related to drug trafficking. Make it legal….treat like alcohol, improve your dui training and enforcement for police, establish drug awareness and resistance education for kids and drug treatment for those who need it. it will not be a miracle cure for the Barbados economy but it will help IF MANAGED PROPERLY.

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Cigarettes or nasty an way worst then weed but u see them selling like hot cake right,what does that tell u government don’t care about health its just business for them I know people die from smoking them nasty cigarettes an never once I heard any one die from smoking weed its a common sense thing…

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    As for as underage kids smoking I’m not one for that just like underage drinking I’m not one for that, any thing that’s underage I’m against that,I’m talking to responsible humans…..

  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Hard working people that need to relax an distress from the pressures of life an society…..

  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I’m talking about relaxation an meditation of. mind having a nice place to just chill an get high,only problem with herbs its a legal that’s all that’s the only bad thing about weed..

  9. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase July 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    This man continues to speak without any statistical data or empirical evidence.
    As a person in his position, every time he makes a presentation, it should be more than just his ‘opinion’, show the stats, improve your credibility.

  10. Swindley July 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Advocating corporal punishment in 2014 is the mentality of the slave master. How can I apply corporal punishment to teach you that corporal punishment is wrong.

  11. Olutoye Walrond July 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    How can we speak with any certainty about what will happen if the drug were de-criminalised since it has not happened here yet.

    Perhaps Mr. Husbands could have told us what was the fall out in those European countries that have done that. Did the number of drug users suddenly shoot up because the drug was more available?

  12. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The govt knows whybl its not on board whilst jamaica reaps millions from exportation….and we take pharmaceutical drugs that poisoning our system moreso than the blinking mary j…..and I can inhale cigarette smoke which is guaranteed to give me health problems when I walk the street and makes mu throat and head hurt me instantly if I smell it from a mile…its a herb just moringa grown from the ground ….alcohol does nothing for us but leave us in a drunken statr and incoherent ….but its legal …corruption

  13. jr smith July 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Mr,Husband must not forget he is a black bajan,he is not european. bajans only ltake time from the fore mention people. Drugs have brought a massive gun culture to barbados that will never go away, legalizing ganga is going to cause an increase in turf and street wars.
    Do hope our governmebt dont even consider this crazy move to make ganga legal.

  14. Niel Harper
    Niel Harper July 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I find it totally amazing that someone in a position such as his can make so many inaccurate statements, and no one calls him to account. His links between marijuana and psychological issues, cancer and other ailments are totally unfounded. This society has a knack for putting the dumbest and most dense among us up front and center of advocates. What utter nonsense!!!!

  15. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase July 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Exactly Niel !

  16. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell July 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Typical and another 50 years go by and good old Barbados still living in the ice age. This outdated stance needs to stop!

  17. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell July 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    No Casinos its bad for the Moral, No Waterparks its bad for the neighbourhood, no weed its gonna kill you, no this no that, in the meantime those desperately wanted Tourists will go elsewhere – yeah that is logic for you.

  18. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 20, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Self motivation I don’t live for The popular opinion of others,I know an understand the truth an common sense alot wasn’t born with that an when u understand that bajans don’t like to be wrong u see people as they or fake an dishonest… .

  19. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Pinky an the brain u see people for who an what they or dishonest when they see the truth they act like they don’t,but when u know the truth ur free from opinion an u just speak facts an leave is as that knowledge is the key an understanding is wisdom…

  20. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 20, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Speak the truth in love not for likes in season an out of season Thunderbirds…..

  21. jacob July 22, 2014 at 6:08 am

    lol. he’s a drug counciler and doesnt even know the effects of drugs.There is no evidence marijuana causes heart problems, NONE, where do these guys get this from? They just make up stuff and no one calls them on it. All of the evidence directly contradicts what he is saying regarding legalization of marijuana and corpral punishment. How do these guys even have these jobs, Bim need to loose all these backward mentality people in power positions and get some people who are up to the time


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