Don’t legalize it

A prominent local church leader has warned that Barbados must guard against any international pressure to legalize marijuana.

Senator David Durant, one of the latest individuals to give his word on legalizing marijuana in the country, said that while he felt very strongly that the substance should not be legalized, he believed that local authorities and policymakers should not give in to any pressure from international communities to allow Barbadians to use it freely.

He was delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of Issues In Alcohol Abuse Seminar, hosted by the National Committee For The Prevention Of Alcoholism And Drug Dependency in collaboration with the Barbados Council For The Disabled, this morning at the Barbados Workers Union, Harmony Hall, St Michael.

Senator Durant argued that marijuana’s insidious, addictive properties, deemed it a high-risk substance, especially for school-age youth and that during that critical transitional stage, young people were highly curious and experimental.

“Could we afford the ensuing consequences if recreational marijuana use became legal? At this delicate juncture in our social development, with all the current attendant challenges, can we truly afford the lack of motivation in classrooms, the antisocial and sometimes aggressive behaviour, the associative increase in criminality, impaired memory, infertility, respiratory infections, relational and parental challenges? Can we afford this?

“Our physical bodies are not homogeneously designed; no two are exactly alike. Therefore the impact of marijuana use on different individuals is incalculable,” he said.

The church leader also called for the focus of national policies and strategies to be focussed on helping affected individuals regain control of their lives, as he stressed that the youth, who were particularly vulnerable, must be encouraged to channel their energies towards wholesome activities, in which their talents can be maximized, since self-actualisation was key to the individual trying to recover from drug abuse.

“Let us focus on rehabilitation as opposed to overuse of punishment. We in Barbados are not immune to these disturbing trends. Drug and alcohol abuse is a global epidemic of such proportions that no country is exempted; no race or class has escaped its destructive tentacles.

“Its ubiquitous presence is not only a direct threat to the stability and unity within families, but it is also a siege against the potential and productivity of our human capital, our strongest national resource. Hence, it offers a serious challenge to the overall growth and productivity of our nation.

“As a small-island developing state battling this scourge on our society, we find ourselves up against sophisticated international criminals assisted by a renewed hi-tech world system. What an intimidating combination! The fight has been long and it has been hard, but, nonetheless, we must not quit!

“We must not surrender; we will hold fast to the ideal of a drug-free Barbados,” said Senator Durant.

He stated that in Barbados, there was no empirical evidence in respect of alcohol abuse that could be truly given because breathalyser testing on the island was not yet introduced.

“It’s about time we introduce this testing and save some lives on our roads. Also, irrespective of the country, alcohol abuse still continues to be a major factor in many fatal accidents. In South Africa, it is said that 65 per cent of deaths by vehicular accidents may be attributed to alcohol abuse.

“In the Americas, 80,000 deaths annually are caused by substance abuse,” he added.

39 Responses to Don’t legalize it

  1. Nicholas Griffith
    Nicholas Griffith January 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

    do not I hope they don’t

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  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Smoking a bush doesn’t make u a bad person,like goin to church doesn’t make u a good person ….

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  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:20 am

    There or more dangerous drugs out there then a bush,the drugs u use from ur doctors or more deadly then weed it self take one a day pills any more then that ur allready high,I laugh at the foolishness of some that should be more smarter then they looks….

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  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Its a common sense thing….

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  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I never heard one person dead from overdose on weed….

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  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Look I never smoke crack took cocaine nuffin like that,I only smoke weed I’m not a big rum drinker an I’m health up to this day,some people never smoke or drink an still dead b4 me….

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  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Drugstores allover the world but they tell u one a day Y them pills can kill u very easy with all them side effects….

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  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Them people only like to talk sweet but all them is sinners the same way them just in hide them sin better then others

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  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Them people only like to talk sweet but all them is sinners the same way them just is hide them sin better then others

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  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Rum worst then weed any day drink 3 banks beers back to back head would blow off,one spliff not even so much half of that an u high allready sit back an just they stress free weed just makes u relax an makes u eat …

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  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:41 am

    What makes weed bad only one thing its illegal…. .

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  12. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Other then that no proof is dangerous…

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  13. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Something is only bad if its in the wrong hands see what I mean, Lester Crawford

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  14. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley January 21, 2014 at 2:33 am

    They should be more concerned about road safety and crime than anything else right now

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  15. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 3:57 am

    No one in Barbados ever talks about the real problems in our Island we all throwing rock in a class house….

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  16. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Church an state is apostasy …

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  17. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:04 am

    God said he made the birds bees an every trees with the seeds in them….

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  18. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:08 am

    An it was good an the evening an the morning were the third day so weed was allways there so how is bad if God said it good,tell me I reading a different Bible from urs….

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  19. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 5:46 am

    What I’m saying is I’ll show u who the real fools or,think about this most foods under a certain processing gives the full vitamins right so weed the same thing u can get the T.H.C from it in many ways than one,an I’ll smoke a spliff b4 a cigarette,cigarette has to much chemicals in it gunpowder an all in a cigarette,if u pick tobacco in its raw state its much better an if u drink it as a tea it will purge u out same as weed ….

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  20. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 5:51 am

    T.H.C IS IN EVERY PLANT,SOME MORE THEN OTHERS ITS ONE AN THE SAME FAMILIES OF FOODS…..

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  21. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

    U can pretty much get high on any plant its just the right processing that’s all hahahhaa an I in even made it to 4th from at school but was allways a A1 student in life…..

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  22. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Tell tha 2 d bird’s……..

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  23. Paul Tempro
    Paul Tempro January 21, 2014 at 6:50 am

    It was the Americans that made marijuana illegal; they push and lobbied for all who join the United Nations to adopt the no marijuana policy; before that the entire world was using the hemp plant to make rope, clothing, furniture and many more everyday things. The medicinal properties were known long time but the pharmaceutical companies needed to get rid of all natural cures so they chemicals can make it in the market

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  24. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 8:04 am

    In Barbados I know of many people who make a living off natural wine,an they make it from fruits vegetables an herb’s of different kinds…..

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  25. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    “the antisocial and sometimes aggressive behaviour, the associative increase in criminality, impaired memory, infertility, respiratory infections”…LIES…..LIES…LIES. Only an ignorant dog in 2014 would believe this rant; that marijuana is responsible for these things. I can think of ONE good reason NOT to legalize it though. Wanna see how ignorant the drivers, especially the zr and minibus men are on the road? Now picture them HIGH as a kite behind the wheel…..

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  26. Omar Watson
    Omar Watson January 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    If it is legalized it will be taxed and more expensive. Don’t legalize it!!

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

      hmmm what we need is a Prohibition Act like the US had back in the day. I could just imagine the Bajan men out in the yard, in the moonlight, trying to make beer and brown rum….

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    • Omar Watson
      Omar Watson January 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

      You trying to pull my chain… you know if it wasn’t for alcohol, the murder rate in Barbados would be comparative to Jamaica’s or Trinidad’s murder rate.

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  27. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    i am sorry but barbadi decision maker s does play the puppet role

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  28. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Every person must be responsible for his/her actions but to blame others for ur own actions is a very irresponsible thing,if u can’t drive Y get behind the wheel of a car???…

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  29. Beverly Gerber
    Beverly Gerber January 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Smart move Thanks from a real lover of Barbados!!!

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  30. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    If u notice people comments that can’t really give any kind of real reason don’t have much to say,its like ur talkin about fish some people will say I don’t like fish OK what fish does that’s wrong.???besides; live in the sea???when fish can feed every one in the world,if u have nuffin better to say best not to speak only make ur self look like ur clueless…. ..

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  31. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Rum kills u hard rum drinkers look at how they look in there face an body an tell me rum good for u???

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  32. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Rum is diabetes people die more faster drinkin to there death but its OK its legal right,people have to hide an smoke but they live longer then others….

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  33. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Do u know people die from alcohol poisoning,have u ever heard of any one dying form weed overdose??????……

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  34. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Y not give people education about something Y try to brainwash them about it….

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  35. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne January 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Marijuana is not a drog it’s a happy bush that grows wild.Alchol sends people crazy.

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  36. Ian Walcott-Skinner
    Ian Walcott-Skinner January 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I don’t quite understand who made David Durant an expert on this topic. Please help me here. Who’s pressuring Bdos to legalize marijuana again?

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