Letters to the Editor

Time to 'free up di weed', legislators

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Jamaica is world-renowned for its ganja and there are diverse views of its use and benefits.

One thing is sure, though, is that it is a moneymaker which can no longer be ignored.

It is reported that “in the state of Colorado in the US marijuana sales have exceeded US$1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales reaching US$200 million”. And that is not counting California and other states in the US that have legalised the use of marijuana.

Canada has gone ahead to legalise ganja, even expunging the records of some convicted for ganja use. Jamaica, on the other hand, is still holding strain and is prosecuting and persecuting its citizens for ganja. I want to know what our lawmakers are waiting on to pass legislation to legalise ganja? Are they afraid of the cancellation of their United States visas?

It is time that the citizenry demand that our legislators act in our national interest and “free up di weed”.

Of course, there will be drawbacks and bumps in the road, but the windfall is needed revenue and that cannot be ignored.

We should continue to educate our citizens, especially the young, about the use and effects of ganja, but the weed must be made freely accessible to those who want to use it.

Authnel S Reid

reidaut@icloud.com

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