Ease off the weed – Pilgrim

Complaining that killers are treated better than marijuana offenders under the local judicial system, a well-known attorney-at-law Friday appealed to the authorities to ease the legal restrictions on weed.

During a panel discussion Friday afternoon on the legalization of marijuana at the Barbados Bar Association’s Law Conference, Andrew Pilgrim, QC, argued that while it was acceptable in Barbados for persons caught trafficking as little as 100 pounds of marijuana to get up to 25 years in jail, invariably, those accused of murder got their charges reduced to manslaughter and wind up serving between seven and 15 years.

“But you miss and get hold with some weed, understand that you are exposed from 15 to 25 years,” Pilgrim said, pointing out that the majority of inmates serving long sentences were convicted of marijuana trafficking.

Pilgrim also pointed out that as recently as last month, several people were hauled before the law courts for having a single spliff in their possession.

“Why is weed the worst thing in the world?” he asked, while suggesting that the worst offence in Barbados is to be caught selling or trafficking in weed.

“It is the worst thing that you can do,” the respected criminal attorney emphasized.

Pilgrim also highlighted the disparity in treatment of marijuana offenders versus those found guilty of reckless driving which results in loss of life.

“Magistrates are locking up people with a spliff and because they feel bad to sentence them to time, what they do is say, ‘I going lock you up to think about what to do with you’.

“Now there got to be something wrong with that. However, our Court of Appeal, in giving directions as to how to deal with persons charged with dangerous driving causing death, indicate that they are not given prison sentences,” he said.

“The truth is that the majority of them [convicted drink drivers] will get, in a worst case scenario, suspension of their licence for two years.

“I am talking about the fellas that were overtaking five vehicles and hit a cyclist who riding with lights on the front and back.

“These fellas go home and take the windscreen out of the car and put in a new one . . . . They are getting suspension of their licence for two years,” Pilgrim said.

While pleading ignorance of the medical and social ramifications that would result from the legalization of marijuana, Pilgrim called for a review of the local regulations and an easing of the approach to dealing with the illegal drug.

He warned that the cost of policing ganja was becoming an anvil around the state’s neck, while suggesting that marijuana offences should be treated as a medical problem, rather than a criminal issue.

19 Responses to Ease off the weed – Pilgrim

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose June 3, 2017 at 12:06 am

    He right thays why the gunman dem nuh have nuh fear, dem killing fah sport, i seh hang dem .

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 3, 2017 at 12:08 am


  3. Colin Jones
    Colin Jones June 3, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Sheldine dyall that why bim will always be this way and worse study it

  4. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt June 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Talk your talk Andrew.

  5. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn June 3, 2017 at 6:21 am

    It needed to be said but will it be heard?

    You have a magistrate who charged a 16 or 17 year old boy for having $3 in weed and made his mother, a working class woman, pay $3000 in bail. Where she getting it?
    Same magistrate turned 2 weeks later and charged a cruise partier who had $16 in weed and gave him $1500 in weed. A working man yuh.

    The attitude to marijuana needs to change and these ppl need to leggo the mentality that they gonna make poor ppl pay for recreational drug use when we don’t even penalize police officers for being drunk on the job!!

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 3, 2017 at 6:39 am


  7. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes June 3, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I don’t think so lol

  8. Sophia Hayes June 3, 2017 at 7:20 am

    And that’s one of the many reasons why I love Andrew Pilgrim..A man for the people..Much respect..

  9. joan Worrell June 3, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I told you so. A drone BBBBBBB advocating the legislation of weed and the queen BBBBB supporting the legislation of same-sex marriages off-line. Bajans should stay clear of that BBBBB HIVE. If children are fighting in Barbados schools with level heads, what you think will happen when they smoke weed and drink a Monster for lunch? Oh my God , we will have more lock-downs in Barbados schools than schools in Los Angeles . Do these people have a conscience? I hope to hear from the clerics tomorrow around Barbados tomorrow on this topic.

    • A Deep Thinking Bajan June 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

      I was always told to respect other peoples opinion so I won’t tell you what went through my head when I read your contribution. Nevertheless, I will leave you with a few questions:

      1. Aren’t you describing a parental and not a moral issue?

      2. Why would a child be smoking marijuana or using any non-prescription drug if properly supervised?

      3. Aren’t the children using the drugs now? You can get it from anywhere in Barbados very easily. What would increase the usage if it is legal or penalties are reduced?

      4. If it is legalised, does that automatically mean that persons of all ages can buy it from the nearest corner shop, or would the government set appropriate age limits similar to that of alcohol and tobacco and police that policy instead?

      5. Do we have any mandatory programs in schools which educate children about the effects of drugs on the brain?

      6. Have you ever wondered who benefits from the mass ignorance of the public on these matters?

      I would like to challenge you to dig a bit deeper and ask yourself if the current system is reducing usage or crime.

      It is well known that doing the same thing over and over is the definition of insanity. Also, the same level of thinking that got us into a situation can take us out of it.

    • HERBert June 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Joan Worrell…. I take it you have never smoked weed…. You sound like the guy saying weed is a gateway drug… Gateway drug to what? More weed?… Do you even know why Marijuana is illegal? Lapping up 2nd hand regurgitated knowledge under the guise of being educated.

  10. Damien Cummins June 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Joan Worrell = backwards

  11. Bobo June 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Legalize Marijuana–I Personally say NO, i grew up with Bob Marley in London , from morning until he goes to sleep marijuana split was in his mouth, did he wrote his songs —”of course not” if the drug marijuana is that good, medically , socially, didn’t Bob Marley died of cancer.

    Can you have a descent conversation with long time marijuana users -unless Marijuana users have a private Insurance —Again I said ”No” to Marijuana–

    • Sati June 4, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Maybe if you had smoked a spliff your grammar wouldn’t be so bad.

    • Malcom June 5, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Grew up with Bob Marley? ok Sir, however the plain and simple fact that many intelligent and successful people such as the likes of Morgan Freeman, Michael Phelps, Jayz, Oprah Winfrey, many CEOs & even Barack Obama, have used the plant (because its not a drug) and you believe you can’t have a descent conversation with a marijuana user shows how closed minded and ignorant you are despite your boasting. I personally use marijuana everyday and it has never even once affected my intellect nor my productivity, I own & manage 2 businesses, 1 in partnership with another long term user who himself has many merits and accomplishments. The fact that people still believe that marijuana is more harmful than cigarettes is the very testament to the lack of knowledge on the topic and the mindless discrimination people like you have on something you know nothing about, choose not to educate yourself about and just simply don’t understand

  12. brother bob June 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    All y’all At war with a plant wow y’all bajans stupid All u politicians doctors and goverment officials fighting against marijuana and half y’all b doing cocaine weed never hurt ah soul It just amaze me how u fighting against it Remember if it was harmful the father would had never put it down here

  13. Ben-g June 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    It’s so true pilgrim…I fa one bck u 1000%%

  14. Trina Lewis June 5, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Not once in reading this I read him say that the drug should be legalized, but I heard him say they should deal with it differently. He is not here fighting for everyone to be selling weed on every street corner but be realistic it is going to sell. I do not smoke, but it is basic common sense honestly. Not to mention the penalties people are given that are just utterly ridiculous but you have politicians stealing, people still didn’t see a dime of their pension still and guns on end on the street. But the major concern is a spliff??? Seriously…wake up bajans!!

    And the person that spoke about the school children fighting sober, how do you know they are?? We don’t do dtug test in Barbados. Who knows if they come in high. And they are going to fight either way. Maybe you should take a couple cops off patrolling “weed sellers” and station them by schools on evenings so they won’t fight like cats and dogs. Put those officers to better use!!

  15. The Peacemaker June 13, 2017 at 3:40 am

    marinuana is least of our problems right now but still law enforcement waste tax payers money running behind every little cigrette of weed….why are ppl held with guns getting bail..i blame judicial system .7-10years should be automatically given to those held with firearms.NO if’ s or buts..WAKE UP judicial system..!!!!WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!


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