ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Time for our legislators to stop pussyfooting around ganja

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Jamaica is world renowned for its ganja — recreationally and medically. There are also diverse views on the use and benefits of ganja.

One thing is sure, it is a money maker and it can no longer be ignored. It is reported that: “in the State of Colorado in the United States marijuana /ganja sales have exceeded US$1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales reaching US$200 million”. And that is not counting California and other states in the US that have legalised the use of marijuana/ganja.

Canada is the latest country to legalise ganja, even expunging the records of those convicted for ganja use. Jamaica on the other hand is still holding strain, prosecuting and persecuting it citizens for ganja. In our country, laws are only changed through legislation and I want to know what our law makers are waiting on to pass legislation that will legalise ganja?

Are they afraid of the cancellation of their United States visa? It is time that the citizenry demand that our legislators (some of them recreational user of ganja) act in our national interest and free up the weed.

Of course there will be drawback and bumps in the road, but the windfall in needed revenue cannot be ignored. We should continue to educate our citizenry especially the young about the use and effects of ganja but, the weed must be free for those who want to use it.

Other nations are swiftly moving to legalise ganja while our legislators pussyfoot around legalising it.

Respectfully

Authnel Reid

reidaut@icloud.com

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