Attorney-at-Law Douglas Trotman is urging government not to make the Rastafari community take them (the government) to court to fight for their right to use the cannabis plant as a sacrament within their spiritual observances.
Speaking at the recently concluded “Joint Select Committee Meeting” that reviewed the proposed Medical Cannabis Bill 2019, Mr. Trotman said it was a right of Rastafari to use cannabis within their “religion”, guaranteed to them in the Barbados constitution and United Nation conventions on religious freedom and tolerance. Mr. Trotman said this was a case the government would lose, and to avoid embarrassment and political fall out, they should concede to the demands of that community to be left alone with their sacred plant without fear of any police harassment and brutalization, founded on the law that makes the plant illegal to possess or use.
Mr. Trotman noted that he had been retained by members of the Rastafari community some months to forge the action of challenging the government for their rights to use cannabis. He said time was being afforded to the government to do the right thing. However he said without the appropriate steps being taken by government to rectify this impasse between the Rastafari community and the government of Barbados, the relevant authorities would be receiving official notice of legal action against them. Mr. Trotman made it crystal clear before he started speaking that he was going on record.
Douglas Trotman and his wife Cathy who has made her transition. Champions in the fight for Cannabis use for medicinal purposes. Many are indebted to you.
Reliable sources have indicated that more Rastafari collectives are preparing themselves to enter the fight for cannabis legalization for their community and strengthen Mr. Trotman in his quest to see right be done by Rastafari.
I as the one who will face the court with Mr. Trotman, will be supported by thousands of Rastafari and many others who wish to see justice done. The African Heritage Foundation (AHF) the charitable pan African organization I am a member of supports the position of Mr. Trotman when he says this bill is needed by ailing people, and will be a good one once some tweaking and adjusting is done to it. As such the AHF has agreed to assist with the development of this industry on the ground while advocating for the right of each and every Barbadian to have access to the cannabis plant for use in their own indigenous and traditional ways.
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