Government Senator says marijuana can be OK

Senator Verla De Peiza making a point for marijuana: "We don't have to wait for research".  To her right are fellow panelists Steven Smart (centre) and Vernee Sobers.
Senator Verla De Peiza making a point for marijuana: “We don’t have to wait for research”. To her right are fellow panelists Steven Smart (centre) and Vernee Sobers.

Senator Verla De Peiza thinks time is past due for Barbados to make marijuana a lawful product, and intends to step up the fight for legalization of the plant.

She told a panel discussion last night that for a long time she believed Barbados should have been exploiting the benefits of marijuana, and in making her case the Government Senator took a different position to Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, who said that the island should not jump on a bandwagon of legalizing the herb, and more research is needed to determine it suitability.

“Research from all the way back in the 70s already has the answer to that,” she said at a National Council on Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Dependency (NCPADD) forum on marijuana at the Bridgetown Public Library.

De Peiza said that despite being a Democratic Labour Party member and Government Senator, she was speaking as a criminologist, not a politician or a representative of the administration.

She however reverted to her role as a people’s representative when asked if legalizing marijuana is a simple task.

“We have to ask ourselves what do people want. Because as politicians we do have to recognise we’re representing people, therefore we have to be able to focus on what the people want, instead of telling what they ought to have,” she said. “And I think that is where we need to be these days instead of saying things we should not legalize because of a lack of research”.

De Peiza, a criminal lawyer, made clear that she is a devout Seventh Day Adventist and never used marijuana, alcohol or cigarettes, and is campaigning for the controlled use of herb because of what she sees as its usefulness to society.

The Senator told the scant audience that she came upon information on the useful properties and became a believer in the 1990s when researching for an academic paper.

She added that Barbados must be willing to accept change.

“We just have to have the courage to accept that there is information out there that can help us. . . Think of where we could have been, had we allowed ourselves to open our minds and expand what we thought we knew, where could we be today.”

Stressing that society must get to the point of separating the terms “use” and “abuse”, De Peiza stressed that limitations can be placed on the way marijuana is produced and applied.

The Senator expressed her resolve to continue the fight for making marijuana a legal product:”There has got to be someone who stands up and says we need to really open our minds and open the discussion. And I don’t [have] any difficulty leading off… I have waited long years for the discussion to actually be tabled, and now it is, I’m going to run with it.”

26 Responses to Government Senator says marijuana can be OK

  1. Sheri Veronica
    Sheri Veronica January 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    We can clearly see now how much of what Barbados calls ‘law’ is directly influenced by the USA. Marijuana hurts no one. Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs kill and cause billions of dollars in medical care/insurance. It’s a no brainer. But, of course, Barbados has to wait for the US to say it’s okay. Talk about being sovereign??? You are not fooling anyone.

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    • Kim Clarke
      Kim Clarke January 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Sheri Veronica, I am glad that at least one more person is saying what I have always said. All the talk about the Caribbean legalising weed could as well not happen because the US said no, so we said no, and when they say yes completely, so will we. Governments in the region like to pretend that they make decisions and think for and by themselves and that is a joke.

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  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins January 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Seems as though I could embark on a new business venture. hhmmm

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  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Nyla Y Morrison u have proof of that?.??if ur goin to make such a bold statement like that??????……..

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  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    What I’m saying is government in BARBADOS need to stop hiding behind what other countries or doin,n see we are an independent Nation I will hope……

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  5. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Time enough gone for Barbados to stop being so backwards , the government can stop the sale of illegal Ganja by allowing it to be sold by licenced people , the regulation would put the drug pushers in real trouble . The government then can tax the sales .

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  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    We in BARBADOS have such a big advantage on the world it just needs the right visionaries…..

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  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Philip Matthews u sure about that??????…….

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    • Philip Matthews
      Philip Matthews January 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      look at the world , look at Rasta , if Ganja was a bad thing half of the world would be in a nut house , it is being used to treat the side effects of Cancer treatment , governments that regulate and legalize Ganja have a drop in criminal arrests , if you do not arrest a rum drinker why would you arrest a person for smiling at his troubles and feeling hungry ?

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  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    When dealing with sensitive matters one must be very careful in what u say………

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  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    One that can open up ones mimds on certain matters should be very careful not to give the wrong impression….

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  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    An I’m not saying what I’m saying because I’m trying to prove I’m smarter that any one,because in reality I’m not,but what I’m saying is the people in leadership should address the matters that be in a wise manner because u dealing with sensitive minds…..

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  11. David E Hall
    David E Hall January 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Comparatively speaking, the marijuana debate is currently about the same point where the debate over the prohibition and legalization of Alcohol was roughly 50-60 years ago. I therefore do not doubt that marijuana will eventually be legalized.

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  12. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Nyla Y Morrison u forget to say choice plays the biggest part in any discussion making…..

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  13. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Rusty Ralph Mann go down by the Psychological hospital ask the doctors they to tell u what some the people down there really for,get ur facts right first mantel heath is a real disease Sir stop talking what u dont know anything about….

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  14. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    U sound very on informed about reality u think them in there for weed,I know crack users that have big up jobs an them drugs don’t effect them from goin about there normal lives….

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  15. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Its w when u keep overdosing ur self that’s were the problems starts from there u become out of control of reality… ..

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  16. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    If u drive a car to fast an can’t control the speed of the. Car its only one thing from there because the car is control by the driver only….

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  17. Cardinal Hinds January 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Funny how I keep wondering if marijuana is to be made legal who would step forward for licenses, would it be those wholesome and up right citizens who condem it now but for some strange reason see finacial gain if it is to be made legal or would it be the guy or gal on the block who are considered dirty dope dealers by today’s society.

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  18. Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla
    Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla January 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Only OK???????!!!!????

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  19. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    most ganja smokers are just like Friday drinkers , they only use it a few days a week . The vast majority of college and university graduates have inhaled , to think most are drug addicts is a fantasy .

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  20. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Nyla Y Morrison look for the benefits of the use of the drug all of it an com back an talk about it,all so talk about the dangers of legal drugs please can u do that for me?????

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