Decriminalize the herb, artistes say

At least two local artistes are reigniting the call for authorities to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana.

It was during his performance at the 2017 Reggae on the Hill show on Sunday that internationally acclaimed reggae artist Buggy Nhakente called for an end to charges against people found with small amounts of the herb.

The singer, whose given name is Ryan Chase, said the issue deserved more discussion.

“I am suggesting that we should find a way to not have to arrest 15- and 16-year-olds and tarnish their life and reputation just because the little man was trying to smoke a joint,” he said.

Buggy also called for frank discussion on the issue of paedophilia in Barbadian society.

“A lot of us behave like we don’t see it going on. A nuff a we friends and thing we see interfering with the little schoolgirls and don’t tell them nothing. Nuff a we friends, too, we see interfere with the little schoolboys and thing and we don’t tell them nothing,” he lamented.

Supporting the call for the decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana was Ozzie Reid, also known as Leadpipe.

He said the plant, often referred to as ganja or weed, could be considered a medical drug and has been proven to be useful for many purposes, including relaxation.

“It is proven. Nobody ever overdose on marijuana,” he argued.

“Legalize it. Honestly, it would be a better Barbados if it is legalized; I believe so,” Reid added, insisting that people should be allowed to choose if they want to use the substance.

“It is used for recreational purposes and everybody needs a little relaxation time. A lot of people have a lot of stress and stuff on their mind.

“For those who do it and choose to, that is their method. So you can’t argue with a person’s decision and personal lifestyle . . . . Marijuana is illegal but alcohol isn’t and there are so many road fatalities and people under the influence and drinking and driving, and that is a big issue,” he contended.

Jamaican dancehall artiste Carlton Grant, popularly known as Spragga Benz, told Barbados TODAY he was all for people no longer being charged for possession of the drug.

“It is just a plant, just like a mango tree and just like a rose. Leave it alone and it [grows]. Suppose [I] decide to start smoking rose bush, they are going to make rose bush illegal?” he said, adding that the criminalization of the plant was just “another way to charge you so they can have more control over you”.

His island has joined a growing number of countries that have moved to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

But Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has stressed Barbados will not be going that route simply because other countries were doing so. He said proper supporting information on the effects of marijuana is required before any consideration is given to decriminalizing it.

However, leader of the newly formed Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) Neil Holder has promised that if his political party wins the next general election, constitutionally due next year, it will take the step.

He expressed concern that too many young people were being incarcerated for having “a spliff or two”, and that families and Government were paying dearly as a result of the jailing of men in particular.

23 Responses to Decriminalize the herb, artistes say

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 3, 2017 at 3:15 am

    No

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  2. Jennifer May 3, 2017 at 5:23 am

    “But Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has stressed Barbados will not be going that route simply because other countries were doing so”.
    FOR NOW – you lot soon will. You always do that following game like sheep being led to the slaughter house. Just a matter of time.

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  3. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias May 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

    The people who profit the most , don’t want it legalized. So they will find every excuse in the book to keep it illegal. Like Leadpipe said , check the facts . More road deaths due to alcohol , but you can get it anywhere. Alcohol destroys people’s lives, their marriages , their jobs.

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  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 3, 2017 at 6:57 am

    A lot of these people in the government belong to one organization. A lot of lawyers make a lot of big money from marijuana . When a person get caught with 2000 pounds of marijuana he have to hired a lawyer . Plus the court collect a money from fines .Barbados would be the last country in the world to legalized marijuana . I want the court to publish in the new papers how much money that they collecect every year from marijuana fines. Also the lawyer should do the same.

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  5. Bobole-Popo May 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

    lead-pipe !! no one has never overdose while smoking herb nuh..
    has anyone went to Jenkins because of smoking it !??!!!
    and Diane are you aware that about 80+% of persons who smoke weed also drink alcohol !?!!
    I guess you would say that when they cause death on the road,breakup marriages,lose their jobs etc.etc. it was all done while the were under the influence of alcohol (devil soup)!!

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  6. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker May 3, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Decriminalize marijuana

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  7. Omar Clarke
    Omar Clarke May 3, 2017 at 8:11 am

    If this becomes legal the pharmaceutical industries will suffer

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  8. Sam Clarke May 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    More artist and especially the Rastafarian Church must speak out and forcefully on this issue. It is time that they too must lobby the politicians for this to happen and now!!
    Tell them we will not vote for any party that does not protect our interest, as they do for the other industries and religious groups.
    IT IS TIME TO FIGHT BACK AND THIS CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY, SUGGEST THAT YOUR STAND BE TAKEN NOW.
    The government is addressing its economic situation on the backs of the poor, and the courts are being used as a tax collection service, via the fines being placed on small marijuana users.
    TIME TO FIGHT THE POWER, IS NOW.

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    • VoR May 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

      The Rastafarian Church has no credibility. It won’t be taken seriously. Just saying.

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  9. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose May 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Legalize it, grow it the goverment that is, open dispencaries and allow people over 21yts old to legally have an ounce of weed for personal use and 3 plants.

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    • Diane Dias
      Diane Dias May 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Lol..”An ounce of weed and 3 plants”….

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    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose May 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Yes ma’am Diane Dias for personal consumption lol

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    • Ras Small
      Ras Small May 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      An ounce fah personal, it all depends!?!
      Regulation is a must.
      Licensing is a 2nd.

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  10. Sandra Reid
    Sandra Reid May 3, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Barbados has got a lot of waste land Marijuana can be also planted without THC for building or clothing purposes , that would also contribute to employment for farmers ..

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  11. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 3, 2017 at 9:38 am

    A lot of these people in the government belong to one organization . A lot of lawyers make a lot of big money from marijuana . When a person get caught with 2000 pounds of marijuana he have to hired a lawyer . Plus the court collect a lot of money from fines . Barbados would be the last country in the world to legalized marijuana . I want the court to publish in the new papers the amount of money they collect every year from marijuana fines. Also the lawyer should do the same.

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  12. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome May 3, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Adriel Brathwaite says he is awaiting proper supporting info…so he living in a cave?, in any event it is not being asked that people be allowed to import a tonne of the product we are talking about not locking up people held with a joint or small quantity intended for personal use. In essence stop clogging the court system with these frivolous cases and let’s come to term with reality.

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  13. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor May 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

    No

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  14. Ras May 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Jah created thee herb for mankind to use and de demons want to control it .

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  15. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    YES!!!!!

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  16. Dave Person
    Dave Person May 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    i dear say that every lawyer judge and police knows someone that smokes weed. it is every where. just tax the thing and watch we come out of this recession.

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  17. jrsmith May 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Hope you all , will be ready to pay for the mental problems when they arrive………..wait and see……………

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  18. lester May 3, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    we have enough idiots bout here already high and dumb
    check our youths walking zombies in our country, stupid black people

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  19. allison archer May 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    every food created is to be taken orally through the mouth using the tongue, teeth and saliva for digestion to aid the human body anything else is demonic
    no where can be found in the Bible of smoking herbs for healing, why not steep the herb in hot water and drink it but no when inhale those drugs induce an altered state of consciousness destroying the brain cells creating addicts leading to premature death after becoming a burden on the healthcare
    when the Lord showed Ezekiel what the people was doing behind closed doors, He declared look they are even putting the branch to their nose
    people just obey the Creator and stop being obstinate & rebellious

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