Canada Marijuana Legalization

In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, Devin Melnyk, a long-time marijuana grower and a consultant with Pure Sunfarms, holds trimmed marijuana as it comes out of a high-volume cannabis trimming machine at a massive tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia. On Oct. 17, 2018, Canada will become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

CRIMINOLOGIST Dr Darius Figuera advised that when marijuana is decriminalised adults should be allowed to grow up to seven plants of their own which would prevent an on-going marijuana turf war from getting even worse.

Although all for the decriminalization of the herb he advised that it should be well thought out to suit the realities of the country.

“The reality is that prohibition has failed to dampen demand. In fact demand in 2019 outstrips demand in the 90s and this demand has exploded because we have a whole digital generation now who makes it clear to you that they have rejected this prohibition talk and insisted that ganja is necessary for their well being.”

In mid-December last year, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that marijuana should be decriminalised in Trinidad and Tobago by mid-2019, with public consultations to take place early this year.

“We have to be clear in what we are do­ing,” said Rowley. “We have com­mit­ted to the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion. What we are work­ing on now is the method by which and what that rep­re­sents in terms of the use.”

Adding to the chorus this week were the All Mansion of Rastafari who called for an immediate halt of arrests and prosecution for marijuana possession, the complete legalisation of the herb and to expunge the records of those who had been arrested, fined or jailed for small amounts.

Dr Figuera further explained that if decriminalization or legalization is not well thought out, “the next problem is as demand escalates supplies cannot satisfy demand and since 2013 there has been an escalating ganja war in Trinidad where people are getting killed for half pound of weed.”

He also that outside of Jamaica, Trinidad had the highest demand in the Anglophone Caribbean.

“We are sucking ganja supplies from all over, Colombia, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and even Venezuela,” he said.

“With continued prohibition this has blood running on our streets because users don’t care, they want their weed but we continue to prop up prohibition and not break this murder spree over ganja but the only way to break it is that we have to change the supply side of the market and the way to do that is through decriminalization and most important is to allow every individual over 18 to grow their own.”

“Listen,” he continued, “we have two examples namely Antigua and Belize and depending on what we do if we don’t give people the right to grow their own plant we could end up like Belize which has a violent marijuana turf war or like Antigua which had an escalating murder rate but when they put into legislation giving people the right to grow five plans their murder rate collapsed.


Just vote and leave.

No amendment. No debate.

This in a nutshell is what the guidelines describe as the procedure for the conduct of the Electoral College meeting tomorrow on the impeachment motion in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

The Opposition is not backing down in its bid to remove President Paula-Mae Weekes from office.

In fact, by letter dated October 18, 2021 Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar wrote to the President stating that she must pause the process of appointing a new Police Service Commission (PolSC) as she has lost moral and ethical grounds to continue the process.

The authorities must pay close attention to events such as the explosion on Monday as it can be very damaging for the capital city and the country at large.

This is the view of Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) president Gregory Aboud.

“Port of Spain is a mad place. As long as it’s Port of Spain, it’s tense moments for truckers. It has been like that for a number of years in the capital city. It’s a port of pain.”

So said businessman Glen Boodoo, who set out to deliver spoons, but failed to make contact with anyone at the Eric Williams Financial Complex, Independence Square, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Reports of a bomb scare spread like wildfire at the Complex, called the “Twin Towers”. The first tower houses the Central Bank and the second tower houses the Finance Ministry.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says she intends to write to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC to ask if he gave consent to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to advise police on the investigation into Christian Chandler, head of Legal at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

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