AG: ‘right decision’ needed on marijuana

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has said he holds no strong position on the legalization of marijuana use, but he believes Barbadians should not be jailed for possession of small amounts of the drug.

Brathwaite stated his position this morning in an address to launch activities marking Drug Awareness Month at the Church of the Nazarene, Bank Hall.

“I am neither for nor against. I want us to make the right decision for our people,” he told the congregation, which included members of the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA).

“We need to look at the public health consequences in every action that we take. We cannot give in to the noises.”

Brathwaite also made reference to one individual who was recently remanded to prison after appearing in the Magistrate’s Court for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

“We [Government], and certainly as Minister, I have sent the signal that we would rather not incarcerate individuals for having small quantities of marijuana.

“What we would like to do is to put them into the Drug Treatment Court programme and see how we can divert them from the abuse of substances.”

The Barbados Drug Treatment Court opened last year, and Brathwaite said that the first batch of offenders who were sent there for treatment will be graduating this month.

Further addressing the issue of marijuana legalisation, the AG noted that while tobacco smoking and alcohol drinking have been legal practices for a long time, “that does not deny the fact that both those legal substances are causing problems in the society”.

“So do you accept that because you have some legal substances, and that you should automatically say let us free up another one to cause additional problems in society, or do you look too see what is best for us as a country, and chart a path in that direction?” Brathwaite asked.

16 Responses to AG: ‘right decision’ needed on marijuana

  1. Tête La
    Tête La January 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    The right decision is need next General Elections too; but you all don’t care right now because within a month and a few days you all will qualify for political pension

  2. Alex Alleyne January 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    The PM said ” he don’t want to wake up one morning and find out BDS importing CANNABIS from the USA”.
    AG , does this tell you something?. You can’t pick sense out of that.

  3. Deborah Atkins
    Deborah Atkins January 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Who will define what the right decision is.

  4. Annie Swalef
    Annie Swalef January 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Mi nah now right now but legalize it mi seh

  5. Shane Boyce
    Shane Boyce January 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Legalize it or decriminalize it. It’s time the ppl stop getting jail time for a lil bit of weed

  6. Michael Williams
    Michael Williams January 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    This is sad. The more i live the more i see and hear. God will step in.

  7. Gloria Springer
    Gloria Springer January 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Marijuana is a medicine but people’s abus it their a lot of people’s out there that will be benefits from it but it all about money in America there treat people’s for a lot of disease

  8. Tony Webster January 11, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Old chinese proverb:
    “Man who sit on fence, end up with TWO creases in posterior” Caution: Bajan practitioners of this art should NOT use galvanise palings to practise such: they might gain a crease…but cud lose their cojones.

  9. Bigbamboo January 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

    If the politicians had HALF A brain they would see the potential by selling Bajun grown weed to the major countries of the World, where it is now LEGAL.
    NO CHANCE, ,!
    Our bunch of malingering idiots rather sit on their butts, talking shite and seeing guys put in Dodd at our expense.
    Then spend millions on stupid NICHE markets , which do nothing to put one cent into the Treasury..
    Man roll me a joint, I gotta chill out.

  10. Elliott January 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

    So, what is the right decision, and who determins what the right decision is, and makes it? Those are the important questions that need answers, then we move on from there.

  11. jrsmith January 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    We need to , get through to our politicians, what it means to govern… we must ask ourselves ,do we need an Attorney general, I don’t think ,our appointee , really knows what he is there for.. Us bajans has got, to determine whats best for us,
    What we need to do ,to give to our schools , the challenge of competing for a prize , an essay on , ( what , who, why and whatever if fitting as being an Attorney General. This a good exercise for our kids .at the end the winning essay would be presented to government…

    If the amount of time spent on discussing, marijuana and the legalisation of the same, was spent on our sugar cane industry , we would be so better off… it seems there is more cannabis growing on Barbados now ,than there is sugar cane, growing ,in certain peoples homes , in the bushes in the valleys , in the hills , every where, what ever the so call developed countries decide about this issue, we would have to like or lump it…

  12. Smre January 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Legal or not, the people who want to get it and smoke it are doing so already so your argument of ‘addditional social problems’ is voided as the so called ‘problems’ already exist


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