It’s about to go down! Here we go again with another panel discuss on cannabis. Based on the composition of the panel I am thinking the focus of this discussion will revolve around the industry of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
I have noted in previous articles that it is my opinion that the issue with cannabis legalization for the powers that be, is how can its monetary value be harnessed by the well to do without also economically empowering the poor and marginalized people of Barbados. I also think that the aim of these cannabis money mercenaries is to place cannabis into their pharmaceutical model of health extortion. By this I mean manufacturing medicinal products (pill, drops, inhalers etc.) and selling them at high prices. While this is being done, discouraging people from using the plant culturally as they would any other herb in their garden.
Commonsense dictates that health has never been the reason cannabis was made and remains illegal. In Barbados sugar is a major killer, yet no regulations are being sought to address this. Alcohol is both a short and long term killer, and a major contributor to many a road fatality and endless amounts of domestic violence, yet we are encouraged to drink away “responsibly”. Let us not even venture into cigarettes and vaccinations etc. as serious risks to our health.
Back to the matter at hand…On the panel for this discussion is someone I highly respect, Mr. Douglas Trotman. An Attorney-At-Law by profession, Mr. Trotman is a victim of cannabis prohibition in Barbados. His wife, ailing with cancer, was given a prescription for cannabis use in her treatment by a doctor practicing outside of Barbados. He was unable to get this prescription filled due to cannabis prohibition in Barbados. His wife has recently passed. My condolences and indignation remain with you my brother.
It is from a legal perspective that I would like to ask Mr. Trotman what the people of Barbados can do (youth on the blocks, Rastafari community, advocates for cannabis legalization) to legally advance a call for cannabis amnesty while they wait on the government’s deliberations on cannabis regulation to conclude. What can be done to ensure the voice of the small man is heard as the big man speaks about cannabis regulations and its impending industry? How can the Rastafari community organize itself to seek permission to cultivate and use cannabis for its spiritual uses within their gatherings, health and economic development?
As I conclude this short article, I am asking one more question of the organizers of these discussions. When will we see representation from the street on any of these panels? Who speaks for the people? I have seen lawyers, doctors, big business people, academia and Rastafari on Cannabis discussion panels but I cannot recall ever seeing anyone representing the interest of the youth or average cannabis user. Finding solutions from the top down is not always the best way to deal with the issues.
I invite anyone on the panel to give their feedback on this article and possibly answer some of the questions asked.
African Heritage Foundation.
The African Heritage Foundation invites you to its Red Light Lime on Saturday 20th October, to give thanks for the life, and music of Peter Tosh who was born on the 19th October. Peter Tosh was one of the early militant advocate’s for the legalization of cannabis on any and every stage he performed on.