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.