High time

UPP promising to make ganja a top priority

Legalization of marijuana is high on the agenda for the United Progressive Party (UPP), with the eight-month-old political grouping promising to permit use of “a few grammes” for personal use if it were to win the next general election, constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

“Every time we open the paper, we see small people shuffling in chains for the use of something that’s natural,” complained former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representative Hutson Griffith, who now carries the UPP’s banner in St John.

Addressing a political meeting at Edgecliff, St John last night where he was officially introduced as the party’s candidate in the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stronghold held by the DLP since 1958, Griffith pointed out that several states in the United States had started the process of decriminalizing the use of marijuana and that Jamaica was now going the path of medical marijuana.

“What we in the UPP [are] proposing is we want to deal with the young people and we want to stop or minimize the young people from getting tarnished and the UPP is prepared to legalize personal use of marijuana when we get in power.

“Personal use means that you will not be trading, you will not be growing,” he explained.

Griffith, who contested the 2012 by-election and the 2013 general election on a BLP ticket and lost before he was replaced by Charles Griffith as its candidate for the upcoming poll, argued that “packs of [cigarettes] and cigars [were] all done from tobacco . . . but because [other influences] say that [marijuana] is illegal, we are going to wait for them to make all the money in the world then to come and say, ‘y’all legalize it [from a] medical marijuana point of view’.

“We are saying let us move the other way. Let us work the social side and as a result we are prepared to, under discussion, take the bull by the horns, change up legislation that would accommodate the decriminalization of personal use.

“Further we are prepared to examine any cases where guys were just caught with a few grammes, not even enough to make a spliff and have just been charged. We are prepared to pardon those guys so that they can get back into the working sector,” he said.

Also high on the UPP’s agenda is a major overhaul of the public transportation sector.

Describing it as integral to the island’s social and economic development, Griffith promised that the UPP would strengthen the sector to stop the financial burden on the Treasury.

“[The UPP will] encourage more efficient transport of our people to work and an overall movement of people which will start to prepare Barbados for longer working hours, because we will improve the movement of people,” he said.

“The minibus sector will be granted duty-free status on parts. All minibuses will be able to bring their parts in like the Government buses duty-free. We will move to a token or a card system where commuters will now purchase tokens or card, submit them to the bus conductor or driver [who will in turn] issue a numbered ticket to the commuter,” he added.

Griffith explained that after a specific period, the tickets collected would be exchanged for money from the Transport Board.

Before the small gathering, Griffith also revealed plans to have all public service vehicles (PSVs) fitted with a global positioning system (GPS) to track their movement.

“All [PSVs] must be fitted with GPS or another tracking device to monitor and confirm that the said public service vehicle is living up to its route licence obligations . . . . [With] the GPS tracking, . . . no busman is going to be able to [stop] by the wayside . . . because he is tired. What he will be forced to do is call in to the owner and get a relief driver because your licence says you must travel ‘x’ time, in ‘x’ location,” the UPP candidate said.


18 Responses to High time

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    After the BLP he gone to the UPP? Look move do! If St John didn’t want you with good backing you feel they will want you now. Better take that deposit money and buy some beers

    • andy g November 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      watch your mouth . this man making a lot of inroads in st john. I believe he will get more votes than Griffith. the blp brought him ,and he never left. lots of people knows him better now.Did you not notice that silence Mara just open she mouth in parliament.

  2. lester October 30, 2017 at 11:19 pm


    • Elaine Van Huis October 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Is cigarettes and alcohol madness they both do more damage. Think about it.

  3. just observing October 30, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Where do you plan to go with that?

  4. archy perch October 31, 2017 at 1:34 am

    At lease he did not jump from the BLP to the DLP the party he formerly opposed. Hats off to him.

  5. Alex Alleyne October 31, 2017 at 6:13 am

    It’s time you guys get off the “DOPE SMOKING WAGON” and start addressing the serious health and economic issues facing the Island.

  6. Lennox hewitt October 31, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Lol at least i will never get that gram u promise me u better keep u deposit n buy some cause u not even saving that deposit money .

  7. seagul October 31, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Why is not cannabis legalization with proper education for minors and addressing addiction a positive thing ?
    Opioid heroin cocaine epidemic can be soon on the horizon here if we continue to lists medical marijuana as a ‘dope smoking wagon’.

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 31, 2017 at 7:32 am

    The BLP will legalized marijuana as soon as they win the next general election.

  9. BARBADOS FIRST/PATRIOTIC PARTY (BF/PP) October 31, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The legalizing of marijuana is something that should be put to the vote of the people and not left to be decided by whichever party is in power!

  10. Richard Edwards
    Richard Edwards October 31, 2017 at 10:16 am

    U really think that , that money that will be made is going towards the support of this country … seriously think again … The BLP will make such a move to win the election and if so do win the election… to make a legalization of marijuana only to continue to make they own wealth in all of this legal…. and no one will will be able to dispute this act….. the law enforcement of barbados can now with all rights by ceasing from anyone if found with excessive amount of marijuana and resell it to make they own profit legally .

  11. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith October 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I hope not

  12. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter October 31, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Do the persons who want marijuana legalised see the amount of Paros and Thieves we have on this small island. Most of them started out using marijujana and graduated to harder drugs. Leave well enough alone.

  13. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe October 31, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Why now …. alcohol is legal and does more damage to a person and society at large than a “J” could ever do.

  14. Patty October 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Is that a priority my dear gentleman? To encourage more smoking? Oh my, what will we do for votes! Anything but encourage high standards and morals. There ares till plenty of us out here who will not fall for such. Come better than that man!

    • andy g November 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      crime will go down.aint you all awear that lots of the crime is associated with drugs.we have to be realistic.

  15. Jermaine harding October 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Its simple if u don’t smoke stay out if u do get involve in the conversion am sure those ppl crying down marijuana smoking have some nasty habit.prove to me that marijuana cause more problems in the family an society that your legal drugs alcohol cigarette’s prescription drugs. The same America that declared it illegal has it legal all over there country now an making money so so???


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