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Caricom Called Upon to Legalize Marijuana

caricomPrime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has written to the Caribbean Community Chairwoman Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, to ask that CARICOM address the possibility of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

“I think that it is high time that CARICOM address, regionally, this matter in a sensible, focused, non-hysterical manner. After all, the marijuana plant has a bundle of proven, and potentially, beneficial uses,” said Gonsalves in a letter dated Sept. 2, 2013.

“It is true that its misuse, and the consequential criminalization of its cultivation, possession and supply, have impacted on our people’s health, welfare, and security,” he added.

The debate over the possibilities of medical marijuana has been gathering traction regionally and internationally, and some member states of CARICOM have been weighing in on the issue of medical marijuana as an economic and commercial industry.

Not all CARICOM Leaders are jumping on the bandwagon for marijuana’s decriminalization, but are instead focusing on its misuse and ill effects.

Recent comments publicly made by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on the decriminalization of marijuana, have upset some supporters, especially members of the Rastafarian community, who believe that “ganja” is an integral part of their religion.

However, the prime minister’s comments have appeased others, who think that marijuana smoking is detrimental to their physical, psychological and emotional well-being.

At a recent Passing Out Parade of 28 St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force (SKNDF) soldiers, Douglas charged the soldiers to be militant in their fight to exterminate the cultivation and sale of marijuana on the island.

A medical doctor by profession, Douglas acknowledges that marijuana has medicinal benefits but quickly points out that he has seen marijuana cause serious mental illnesses in its users, leading to self-destruction.

He doesn’t seem in any hurry to decriminalize it.

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2 thoughts on “Caricom Called Upon to Legalize Marijuana

  1. Brian Kelly B Bizzle says:

    In the prohibitionist's world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are stoners and dopers that need to be incarcerated to protect society.

    In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their god given duty to worry about saving us all from the evils of marijuana use.

    Who are they to tell us we can't choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of a glass of wine for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

    People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who "follow the law" also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it's current prohibition of course) .

    Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

    The President of The United States himself has confessed to his regular marijuana use during his college years, as has a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

    I am an educated 40 year old professional, and I am blessed with a wonderful family and life, and I've worked real hard for everything I have, but that doesn't mean a dam thing to people who will make comments like "dopers" and "stoners" about anybody who uses the slightest amount of marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

    To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it's an All American pastime.

    There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long, hard day, than having a glass a wine.

    So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to me that I can't enjoy marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of my own home?

    I've worked hard my whole life to provide for my loved ones. I don't appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

    Has a marijuana user ever tried to FORCE you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

    Don't try to impose your morality and "clean living" upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won't think your such prohibitionist hypocrites.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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    So could the hemp plant replace the rare, ancient earth oil wich is in the earth with an intention.
    Because of the high level of CO2 in the hemp oil the oxygen level in the air will rize wich has great benefits for all live and the ozon layer.

    And all clothes could be much more strong, and will last for decades because the hemp plant is a much stronger fabroic than the cotton we are used to use.
    In fact untill about 1920 when it got forbidden, all the clothing, shoes, robes for ships and armys and all strong fabrics were made with the Hemp plant.
    Also the Hemp plant can grow everywhere without chemicals. Cotton, is too soft for fabric thats why it needs 50 procents of all chemicals that are used woldwide!

    Earth's ancient rainforests could be held in tact instead of destroyed because the paper that is made of trees could be made by the Hemp plant!
    It grows in 3 monts so we could grow as much 'paper' as we want without hurting ancient trees with all consequenses for the animals living in them..
    The hemp paper is more than 3 times more strong and longlasting.

    And last but notleast..
    A lot of the chemical medication that are presicibed these days could be replaced by the lovely seedsof the Hemp plant, the herb Cannabis Sattiva.
    (witch means something like 'cleaning herb'in ancient lanquage)
    Untill about 1900 Marijuana was the number 1, 2, and 3 of the list of most used medications worldwide! The human race actually grow on them..

    When you have read allthisprobably you are wondering:
    If this is true why didn't i learn this in school and why dont people do something about it?

    Well it is true. You can check out the and there read his book 'The emperor wears no clothes' For these facs with the facts-sources and even more revolving information.

    And why we didnt learn about it is because big industries like paper and cotton and medication and oil industries came up and made the laws against hemp and control more strict.

    When Hemp got forbidden all Her benefits were hidden from the public.
    There are even tests of the American government wich actually show how good marijuana is for the brain activity but these arent made public.

    The herb became after being our number one source of consumption, people used to smoke,drink, eat or use the hemp oil, something of wich people slowly got scared of and the people who did use it got seen as 'junkies' because of media and so. The goverment put none of the Hemp information in the skool books and still the information isnt spread around enough.

    Thats why this page is on!
    In Holland with enough votes a law gets accepted, so forward this page to everybody to vote on/like it!
    (Even if you dont like weed you can see that the worlwide benefits are huge.)

    It is about time to change the law for once and for all, and not only in Holland, I'd say worldwide!

    Vote on/ Like this page and in a while Hemp must be Legalized!!

    All poor people can be more wealthy by growing a little Herb and the world will look better each day.

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