ST-KITTS-PM strongly opposed to cannabis decriminalisation

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(WINN FM)

Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris is voicing strong objection to the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana in St Kitts and Nevis. In brief remarks at the launch of the new Forensic Lab located in Tabernacle on Friday, 27 April, Dr. Harris urged citizens to reject crime and drugs, including marijuana.

“In the debate that is now going on about the legalizing of marijuana, a lot of reckless statements are being made. For you the mothers and the fathers and the adults you have to stand firm on a point of principle. For all the years you look around the community and you see what is happening and you see who is smoking and you see what is happening to them. You see our children, who they have fixed up and mixed up in marijuana and hard substances and as bright as they showed, and their future prospect was so encouraging, almost by osmosis, their lives have been shattered.”

According to Dr. Harris, the evidence of the effects of marijuana are clear for all to see.

“What greater evidence do you need than that that you confront every day?  What smart man or smart woman could convince you? When you pass on the street you hear the conduct, you see how they blow their smoke without regard for pastor, lawyer or doctor passing and you wonder what would happen if we were to legalize this. You must wonder and when you hear people begin to talk about legalizing the ting man, free up the herb, you have to wonder what will become of our society. It is not everything that is done elsewhere will be suited for our own country and society.”

Dr. Harris acknowledged though that the time may come when legalization becomes a reality.

“The time may well come, but is the time now? And so we have to examine all these things because these are part of the challenges that our young people are facing in primary school where people are making them sellers of drugs. That is what is happening and in their homes, their mothers and fathers are smoking it in their homes, they have guns and we know it and we keep silent about it until some young person dies and then we have the tears, tears that we need not have allowed to come to the fore. If you see something, say something, protect the young people, do not introduce them to no kind of marijuana, I don’t care how much herb they call it.”

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  1. I fully agree with what the. Prime minister DR TIMOTHY said THEM YOUNG PEOPLE DONT KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SMOKING IF U SEE HOW THEM. LOOK MOST OF THEM IS YOUNG PEOPLE. At the AGE 15 20 25 AND THEM LOOK LIKE 50 YEAR OLD THEM CRAZY THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKE ABLP MAKE THEY ONLY DO IS BECAUSE THEY WANT GET VOTE FROM THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHEN I GO. OUT AND PARTY AND I SEE THE KIND OF PEOPLE SMOKING I HAVE TO WONDER WHAT NEXT WILL HAPPEN IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

  2. A larger percentage of young people in the teens and twenties are smoking this marijuana than the older ones. We have to protect the next generation of young people for our country future development.

  3. Mr. St. Kitts Prime Minister; who will have young people selling Cannabis in schools IF it is legalized??? This is nothing more than fear-mongering.

    Cannabis/Marijuana does NOT cause a person to be dirty, old nor lazy. You are going against a lot of scientific and anecdotal EVIDENCE.

    The real problem is; BECAUSE it is illegal young people end up mixing with the wrong crowd (because only the already criminally minded peddles illegal drug). Many societies around the world have decriminalized and legalized marijuana and ‘the sky have NOT fallen’.

    Marijuana is SAFER THAN COFFEE for Christ sake! It never killed not one (1) person throughout history. Both sides of the argument around the world AGREES to this.

    Get your facts straight please sir!

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