Trinidad: Advocate calls on PM to suspend destruction of marijuana fields

Mar­i­jua­na ad­vo­cate and head of the Caribbean Col­lec­tive for Jus­tice (CCJ) Naz­ma Muller is call­ing on Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley to im­ple­ment an im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of mar­i­jua­na ar­rests and a stop to the de­struc­tion of lu­cra­tive mar­i­jua­na fields.

Her com­ments came af­ter Row­ley an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment will con­sid­er de­crim­i­nal­iz­ing mar­i­jua­na next year.

In an in­ter­view, Muller said, “We are still await­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion as to ex­act­ly when Dr Row­ley in­tends to ta­ble a mo­tion to de­bate the le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis.

The pub­lic needs to have a clear com­mit­ment to the process of dis­man­tling the pro­hi­bi­tion that is ru­in­ing fam­i­lies, re­la­tion­ships and liveli­hoods.

Dr Row­ley needs to give CoP Gary Grif­fith a man­date to fo­cus on se­ri­ous crime, white-col­lar crime, and vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.”

Say­ing Dr Row­ley was now aware of the role that cannabis plays in T&T, Muller said, “It af­fects al­most every fam­i­ly in this coun­try in some way, through sons jailed for a spiff, a daugh­ter with lu­pus, a hus­band with back pain or stress, a moth­er with breast can­cer. Cannabis oil is proven to help with all these con­di­tions.”

She al­so not­ed that Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh had the pow­er to is­sue li­cens­es to im­port, use, sell, grow and man­u­fac­ture cannabis.

“The CCJ is ask­ing Dr Row­ley to speak with Mr Deyals­ingh about the ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore him from sick peo­ple, in­clud­ing a ba­by with an in­op­er­a­ble tu­mour.

Not an­oth­er per­son should be ar­rest­ed for weed in this coun­try. Why ru­in an­oth­er youth’s fu­ture? Why put an­oth­er fa­ther in prison and jeop­ar­dize his job, just for a smoke?” she asked.

Muller not­ed that Cana­da is go­ing to le­galise recre­ation­al mar­i­jua­na on Oc­to­ber 17.



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