UPP wants marijuana talks

The fledgling United Progressive Party (UPP) is promising that, if it wins the next general election, it will set up a task force to review and reform the governance framework related to marijuana use in Barbados.

However, political leader Lynette Eastmond has made it clear there would be no quick road to decriminalization under a UPP administration.

She told Barbados TODAY the task force would be required to report on the issue within a year.

It would “examine how we may keep marijuana out of the hands of Barbadian youth, and especially minors; ensure that Barbadians are well informed about any risks or benefits involved through sustained education campaigns; reduce the burden on the police and the criminal justice system with small amounts of marijuana possession; provide quality-controlled marijuana for medical purposes, consistent with law and industry standards,” she said.

Eastmond sought to make the UPP’s position clear after the party released a policy paper on marijuana, which was compiled after discussion with various stakeholders.

The document suggests that there is a need for more research as well as national dialogue, before any move can be made to decriminalize or legalize the drug.

Eastmond charged, however, that the marijuana issue was being used as a political football.

“Making it a partisan political issue and trying to railroad one party or the other, this is something that has to be reviewed . . . . Let us try in Barbados to look at issues without being partisan and political,” she said.

4 Responses to UPP wants marijuana talks

  1. Ras June 28, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I voting UPP

  2. Alex Alleyne June 28, 2017 at 3:14 am


  3. Sam Clarke June 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

    If there will be no quick road to legalization, then why waste tax payers money doing a bull spit task force? This is plain pa bunch of platitudes and trying to placate .
    What more study do you need Ms. Eastman? Go to the criminal records and prison to see what a massive failure the criminalization of ganja is.
    What are your solution to the current economic crisis while you are at it? or do you have to set up a task force on that too?
    Look, Barbados is in serious economic, social and political state.

    So since you have not a clue of what to do, i am going to give you and others some advice.
    1. Lease out the air and seaports of Barbados to private entity, who has the foreign exchange dollars and proven experience in running such institutions internationally.
    2. A massive infrastructure project on the roads and entire water delivery systems, which leaks as much water per day as the amount that it delivers to its customers.
    3. Legalize ganja, this would save over 20 million dollars in police and court cost quarterly. The tax revenue from ganja will then be used to finance education.
    These are just a few things that you Ms. Eastman and your party
    should really start with.

  4. Bobo June 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Ref To marijuana — John Hopkins lastest report –they have found a drug to cure cancer –Marijuana–smoking the drug is very dangerous for the brain cells, take a look around the Caribbean marijuana users– what condition is they focus.

    Caribbean Folks instead of beating and ill treating your children, learn to plant love and respect– there and then marijuana will become another plant used for medical reasons.


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