Jury still out on marijuana

The Barbados Government is still weighing the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana for medical uses, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has revealed.

Brathwaite told a forum on crime and its effects on community-based tourism hosted by the St Philip Parish Independence Committee at the Princess Margaret Secondary School last evening that while the issue has been heating up regionally and internationally research shows that there is not a strong lobby for the substance to be legalized here.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“Believe it or not, based on a study that we had conducted recently even though the information suggest that there is a wider tolerance to use of marijuana it was about 51/49 per cent of the persons canvassed; in other words it isn’t this large lobby for us to immediately go the root of Jamaica and what St Vincent has been signalling,” the Minister of Home Affairs said.

He revealed that while advocates have been pushing for the legalization of the substance they have not done the analysis in terms of the other side of the message.

“Which is whether or not they are encouraging the wider use of marijuana; whether it has any healthcare effects on the community, particularly on young people etcetera; and that’s the analysis that we are still doing.

“We have to do the analysis in terms of whether or not the smoking of marijuana on a frequent basis has any negative healthcare consequences to our young people. I don’t want to enter debate on this issue. We are not going to agree. I as a policymaker I owe it in terms of any policy I could come up with not just to a section of the community but to Barbados as a whole.”

He also made reference to a an article published in Barbados TODAY about the existence of a sophisticated hydroponics laboratory in a Christ Church community producing high grade marijuana.

Prominent criminal lawyer Arthur Holder made the revelation last month at a meeting of the St Michael Central constituency branch of the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

However, Brathwaite said there was no truth to that claim, nor was there any truth that police were targeting the “little fella when it comes to marijuana.”

“I saw in the media recently an attorney-at-law suggesting that the police force are focusing on the little fella when it comes to marijuana but not focusing on persons that is growing it  . . . etcetera, etcetera. That is also untrue. In fact there is only one case I think last year when two persons where arrested somewhere in Christ Church so it is really untrue and uncharitable to suggest that the police are only after the little fella and not those wherever they are ,” he said. (FW)

3 Responses to Jury still out on marijuana

  1. Alex Alleyne October 15, 2015 at 2:59 am

    The Legalization of marijuana and same sex marriages are two things that we bajans will be going back and forth with for some time to come . The world is moving in a direction that we must get in line or else .
    We will face “pressure” from outside left , right and center plus back and front . This is where a Country need a Leader with “backbone” to stand up and be counted .

  2. maxjustina October 15, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Our people are our only resources. We have no natural resources on which to trade. Do not made decisions for the money-hungry few and open the flood-gates for an easier and quicker means for Barbados to be taken over by others. Barbados is our prized possession. Others want to make it their own also!

  3. dave October 17, 2015 at 1:02 am

    This Government is the absolute worst: no ideas ; no vision. Bajans cannot even get water because of piss poor management and a lack of creative solutions to our problems . just excuses and blame sharing


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