ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has withdrawn the Under-19 team from its tour of Bangladesh.
The WICB said the decision to withdraw the team is in the best interest of the safety and security of the players and officials.
“The WICB’s decision was taken following con ...more »
NORTH East St Elizabeth MP Raymond Pryce yesterday questioned the arrest of Westmoreland ganja farmer Ras Puddler, saying the police action illustrated one of the reasons he recently moved a resolution in the House to decriminalise the weed.
"That a Jamaican could be arrested for what is clearly a personal choice made by an adult for doing something which, if we are honest, is an ordinary and widespread practice in Jamaica and increasingly so in other parts of the world, is astounding," Pryce said.
The MP made his comments after reading of the arrest of Puddler online from China where he is among a People's National Party delegation hosted by the Chinese Government.
Puddler openly declared to the Jamaica Observer that he was a ganja farmer and said he opposed legalisation of the weed, as the 'big man' would drive out small growers. He advocated decriminalisation instead.
Earlier this month, Pryce moved a motion which won support from lawmakers who passed it in the House, calling for the decriminalisation of ganja, following two weeks of intense debate.
In moving the motion, Pryce maintained that if legislation was passed to decriminalise the use of a small portion of ganja, it would not give rise to a "free-for-all regime". He suggested that the legislation governing a ban on smoking cigarettes in public spaces could be widened to also include ganja.
Yesterday, the MP asked whether the arrest of Ras Puddler by cops was "the best use of public resources and of the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force)."
"It is hoped that in a relatively short time the Dangerous Drugs Act would have been appropriately amended to have made this a non-event, save and except for a ban on smoking in public spaces," said Pryce.
(L-R) PRYCE... hopes Dangerous Drugs Act
will be appropriately amended. RAS PUDDLER... arrested on
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