CALLs are now coming from several quarters, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, warning the nation’s youths and the population in general about the use of marijuana which is listed as a dangerous drug. Plans to educate all, including our school children, are proceeding with haste.

What is so hypocritical for me is this: when certain parliamentarians were busy pushing for the decriminalisation of marijuana in December, behaving as if the world was going to end if the legislation was not passed into law, nothing of substance was being said by the powers-that-be about the negatives of using it.

Well, brothers and sisters, now you can grow up to four plants in your yard, which can produce quite a bit of cured marijuana.

This will be all within the reach of children, some of whom may be using it already, and those who would like to get in on the action.

What is even more amazing to me is that many of the people who supported the decriminalisation of marijuana are not users and never were.

I guess the ball is now in your court. You now have easier access to a dangerous drug but blame yourself if you destroy your life by using it.

I would like to encourage all to heed our Prime Minister’s words: stay away from smoking marijuana for recreation. Lives and homes have been destroyed because of it.

Parents, take charge. You have the power to determine what is grown on your property. Be wise.


Potholes on public roadways remain irrefutable signs of life in Trinidad and Tobago today.

There are apparently no clear solutions to these perennial problems. As road users, a weary population has essentially given up hope of solutions being proposed, much less implemented. On major roadways, equally as on minor roads, in built-up areas to the same extent as in villages and communities in rural districts, dilapidation is a fact of life. Often, generations of nationals go through this lived reality of bad roads and their deleterious effects on life in these areas.

Some years ago, a man was complaining to me about his wife of 25 years. The issues were not major; mainly the daily irritants that occur when people share space. But then, just like that, he said something that jolted me.

When Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s global legate, comes on his two-day State visit to Jamaica next week, he must be made aware that Jamaica won’t be quiescent about the often irrational behaviours of the US president, too many of which threaten to wreck a global order in which small states, like this one, are reasonably assured of protection against the arbitrary actions of powerful ones.

Sedition law is not about colonialism or gagging democratic expression. It is to do with controlling things that could lead to insurrection or mass disorder via speech and acts.

This is a lawless, bacchanalian society that is forever giving the hypocritical, self-righteous impression that we are holier than thou, making as if we walk on egg shells while ignoring that we are tiptoeing through the minefield that is life—our Trini life.

I read with alarm that Colm Imbert, the Minister of Finance, wants to make further amendments to the nation’s procurement legislation.