Letters to the Editor

Don't forget the 'little man'

Monday, January 13, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

As Jamaica pushes towards the possible decriminalisation and/or legalisation of "ganja", let me urge the Government not to leave out the "little man".

Yes, our dear doctor has established the first ganja company, and now we're on the heels of our first ganja growers association, but what of the little man?

What of the men who have toiled for years on deep-rural small farms to provide for their children? Shouldn't this be their day, too? Shouldn't this be their victory too? Shouldn't this be their chance to legally pay taxes and contribute to their country? Shouldn't they be stakeholders in what is expected to be a critical contributor to Jamaica's economic success?

As it stands, the wealthy and graduates of universities have been lining up to cash in on an industry that is about to explode, only because they can sit at the same table as Government officials and foreign investors.

Already there is the talk of Jamaica owning 55 per cent of the industry. We need no outside help to sell a product the world seeks; all it takes is vision and careful planning, execution and management.

I can bet 'competitors' are nervous because they know the best herb in the world is grown a "yaawd".

Dear Government, please don't forget the "little man".

Haldor Dixon

haldordixon@yahoo.com

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