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Ganja use already legal?

Most discussions surrounding marijuana in Barbados appear to be centred on the complete legalization of its usage. Its usage under regulation 4 of the Abuse, Prevention and Control Act calls for its legalization by high-profile persons in the society particularly within the medical and legal professions.

It has now been stated in parts of the Press that for some time now, there were laws on the statute books of Barbados for the usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes. If this is indeed a reality, then we are likely to see wider usage of this plant that is reported to be useful in pain therapy but also contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

It should be stated that the relevant section of the law mentions the words “controlled drugs” while other terms used in conventions to which Barbados is a signatory are “narcotic drugs”, “psychotropic substances” and “controlled substances”.

However, this latest development reminds of an unrelated occasion when a legally trained individual said. “ I do not break the law,  I only bend the law”. When asked to explain, the person said: “When you break the law, it is like an egg; you cannot put it back together. When you bend the law, you can always straighten it out”.

Michael Ray

6 Responses to Ganja use already legal?

  1. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson October 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

    So I see

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  2. jrsmith October 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    If certain people took all the energy all the ideas about marijuana and inject this into to helping our country move for ward we would be a lot better off..

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  3. jrsmith October 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    You all wanting this drug legalize , but you think the bid players is going to allow the minos to control this drug in Barbados ,we are looking at some serious turf wars ……

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  4. Alex Alleyne October 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Water woes, shortage of food crops , lack of good paying jobs and you fools keep talking about DOPE.

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  5. eddy murray October 25, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Who have to land to plant this stuff not the rich already. The poor only begging for a little piece. When ever this stuff is made legal, there will be more farmers complaining about crop thief.

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  6. Michelle Payne October 26, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Alex,
    No, we are not fools. Some of us are mis-informed. The points you make are relevant and are major economic and social issues affecting the nation. THC is the Dope you refer. It is one of the compounds in marijuana and that is the narcotic—the illegal or “controlled drug’ that gets you “High”. The non-narcotic is medical marijuana or CBD.

    CBD is the medical component in the marijuana plant. It is the medicine that cancer and epilepsy suffers are asking the government of Barbados to allow them to use to help cure their disease. Studies in the US and Jamaica supports this discovery. CBD has been extracted from the marijuana plant and is now legally available in the US. See the documentary with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanja Gupta. He is one of the most respected physicians in the United States and the world.

    As you know, compounds in herbs have been use for centuries to heal—cinnamon for diabetes and cholesterol and aloes for healing wounds. The component that heals the specific ailment is taken out of the plant and used naturally or in a medical compound as medicine.

    Knowledge is power and Barbadians have always pride themselves on being educated and enlightened Alex. UWI and the medical profession are aware of this information but their hands are tied. Members of government need to educate themselves on the issue and act by providing funding to support research and amend the law that is retarding medical progress for thousands of cancer and epileptic suffers in Bim.

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