High time!

Sir Richard Branson joins calls to decriminalize marijuana

One of the most powerful voices in international travel has entered the debate on one of the most controversial issues here – that of the decriminalization of marijuana.

The founder of the Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson today threw his support behind those calling for the use of small amounts of cannabis to be made legal.

Speaking at the Business is an Adventure leadership conference at the Hilton Barbados Resort Sir Richard said the fight against drug use globally had been “an abject failure for the last 60 years”, and the authorities here should consider treating the issue as a health matter, not a criminal one.

Pointing out that there have been detailed research on “the war on drugs” over the years, the billionaire adventurer said to applause it was “absolutely clear that if you treat people that have a drug problem as a health issue and not a criminal issue you are much more likely to address it and help them and get over that problem and become useful members of society”.

“So we welcome the different experimentations going on around the world and we welcome countries that have tried decriminalizing drugs. We welcome states that have actually legalized marijuana,” he added, contending there had been no increase in cannabis use in where it had been legalized.   

A report last October by the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit organization in the United States which favours marijuana legalization, said three years after the US states of Colorado and Washington legalized ganja, there had been very little impact on the various public health measures, while use of the drug by teenagers had not changed.

Canada recently laid out its plan to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana by June 2018, which will make it the largest developed nation to end marijuana prohibition.

Earlier this week internationally acclaimed reggae artistes Ryan Chase, also known as Buggy Nhakente and Ozzie Reid, who is also known as Leadpipe called for the decriminalization of the drug.

Government has so far rejected such calls here, with Attorney General Adriel Braithwaite in his most recent comment on the issue, calling for more research on the impact of the drug. 

7 Responses to High time!

  1. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker May 3, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The Caribbean community leadership is so poor, we have to wait for someone like a foreign individual to tell us this. Mental slavery and colonialism has us this way.

  2. Zeus May 4, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Sandor …..who made it illegal in the first instance ….it’s you who have the mentality you spoke about

  3. jrsmith May 4, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Our education has failed us, where are the educators, As I am always saying all of the experts we have and they do is to use the media in barbados as a soap box to remind us about they (Cvs)…
    All these experts who try to teach us how to count 1 to 5 , when most of us can count to 100….(thats the insult from them )……..
    All those idiots we listen to ,should go read the (Nation ) as to what (Sir Richard Branson ) said in his 13 lines of the most sensible piece of media we have have for a very long time direct at the people who is ruining barbados…this speech which was not political but as favour to black bajans, the masses of our nation…..

  4. Alex Alleyne May 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I think we must keep our eyes on these “highflier” who come to BIM to push dope smoking down our throats and how to apply OUR LAWS.

  5. Helicopter(8P) May 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Remember Mr Alleyne One upon a time the law gave humans the right to own another human and to get as much potential energy out of his body within a given time frame. Would you be one of the objectors of the emancipation act during those eyebrow raising times? That’s why the English language has such word as “subject to change”! Modified! and “Discarded”! We wish that professional mental health experts educate the Global Village on this most intimate and humane matter!

  6. Alex Alleyne May 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    @HELICOPTER(8P) , DO NOT COMPARE “mangoes with grapes”. I know you are too smart for that.
    I often stated that a person should not go to DODDS for having a “spliff” but should do some work on the sides of the streets dress up in bright clothes.

  7. P Buckley May 5, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Colorado and Washington have already proven that decriminalization moves marijuana from a net drain on state revenues to a huge net gain for state revenues with minimal effect on usage. Canada has also looked at the same data and is going that way.
    Barbados seems to have a ‘not invented here’ attitude, fueled by the desire of conservatives to control all others and the desire of the governing classes to take full advantage of the personal benefits of extending their ‘research’.


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