Tread cautiously on ganja, warns Roach

Barbados and its CARCIOM neighbours are being warned that they will be confronted with a formidable foe if they opt to decriminalise marijuana for medicinal uses.

The issue has been discussed at the CARICOM summit now underway in Antigua.

On Wednesday, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque revealed that a regional commission on marijuana would be set up and that it would need at least another year to continue its investigations into the social, economic, health and legal implications pertaining to use of the drug.

CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque revealed last night that a regional commission on marijuana would be set up.
CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque revealed last night that a regional commission on marijuana would be set up.

But the Director of the National Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCPADD) Victor Roach made it clear that such a move would come with serious consequences.

“Be careful, be very careful, and take your time, there is no rush. Seek buy-in from all the people and I would not go forward unless there were targets that have been set up that we should meet and not have every Caribbean country doing their own thing,” Roach said.

Using the United States as an example, Pastor Roach told Barbados TODAY that marijuana was legal and good for medicinal purposes in some states but illegal in others, a situation he predicts would be replicated in the region.

“You get on a plane and have marijuana. You sit in your seat and the plane takes off and your marijuana becomes illegal in another state and the Caribbean is ripe for that because the maybe a temptation among the brethren and sistren to do their own thing in their own borders and that can complicate things and cause problems. So I would urge extreme caution in what we do,” he added.

He maintained that there were no compelling medical reasons to prescribe marijuana or heroine to sick people, adding that leaders would do well to “tread cautiously” on the issue.

“They will meet a formidable foe on this side because I do not intend to relent on this campaign. We do not need marijuana to be legalised, marijuana is an illegal drug and it should remain that way,” he warned.

fernellawedderburn@barbadostoday.bb

 

8 Responses to Tread cautiously on ganja, warns Roach

  1. Carib Digita
    Carib Digita July 4, 2014 at 12:37 am

    IF CARICOM can’t block weed it can’t block crack or Heroin either. Just saying.

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  2. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway July 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

    In Victoria Canada , who have a major no smoking bylaw in public, restaurants , bars , soon to be beaches and almost nowhere downtown due to feet away from a window or door, how does one handle ganja if one was to legalize it like smoking is.. This has now become a concern for health as in secondary smoke If it ever happens which is not seen yet.. A twist to the saga of smoking bylaws

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  3. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown July 4, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Leave that how it is

    Reply
  4. Frank Bongolights Chase
    Frank Bongolights Chase July 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Our Day Will Come no matter how they fight, the more they fight they will get more judgement, did i hear a Hurricane coming, or it suppose to be an earthquake, I dont like Roaches They are Pest, How can a man accept his name as a ROACH , MAYBE HE IS, MENTAL SLAVERY, I F HE CANT SEE TO FREE HIS COLONIAL LIE, HOW CAN HE BE TRUSTED, FREE GANJA, ORGANISE IT RIGHT AN LET PEOPLE BE MORE FREE AND HEALTHY.

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  5. Renaldo Techfourless Scott
    Renaldo Techfourless Scott July 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

    good work by Irwin LaRocque and co.

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  6. Renaldo Techfourless Scott
    Renaldo Techfourless Scott July 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

    good work by Irwin LaRocque and co.

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  7. Tito Browne
    Tito Browne July 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    They prescribe people all these prescription pills with the most side effects people have to look outside the box for more herbal remedies instead of running to the doctor

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  8. Charly Bamboo
    Charly Bamboo July 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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