Medical marijuana industry will not help small farmers – Bruce
Heavy criticism has been directed at the Government for its desire to enter the medical marijuana industry by members of the Opposition, who say the venture will not help small farmers.
Prospective candidate for South Central Windward, attorney Israel Bruce, speaking at a New Democratic Party (NDP) rally on Wednesday, rejected the view that there will be glory for the South Central Windward constituency in the marijuana industry.
He said the eyes of present representative and Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar are fixed on the Rastafarians in Greiggs.
âSo, heâs trying now to use the marijuana story to see if it could hoodwink the little boys and the fellas in Greiggs.
âHe trying to create the impression that…the marijuana users in Greiggs and the other areasâ¦ that they will strive and they will do so great under Saboto Caesar leadership; but I have news for themâ¦ because That. Is. Not. True,â the lawyer emphasized.
The problems that he foresaw with the industry were two in number: firstly that the marijuana industry requires the plant to be grown under certain phytosanitary conditions; secondly that only a certain grade of cannabis will be approved for the programme.
âSo hear what, he trying to fool the Rastas up in Greiggs in particular,â he told the excited crowd, one Rastafarian supporter chiming in âNot me.â
Bruce pledged that he would, however, support the recreational use of the drug. He said to all those in âGreiggs and Lauders and Lowmans and Troumaca and Diamonds and New Grounds,â that he would support a programme wherein if youâre caught with 10 grams of marijuana, âno police must lock you up.â
âSmoke your one spliff in peace!â, he exclaimed. âIf you have 10 grams, if you only have 10 grams, I say like Jamesy P, âjust puff, puff ân ah pass.â
He stated that this would not equate to an abuse of the drug, but the point he was making was, âSaboto must not trick you into thinking that marijuana will bring glory to the constituency of South Central Windward.â
Although making no promises, Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday commented that if the drug was legalized, it should help the small farmers.
âWhether youâre farming bananas and plantain or youâre farming marijuana, when that is legalized, that has to be for the benefit of the people of SVG first and foremost. Not for multinational corporations. Our small farmers will have to benefit from that as well,â he stated.(KR)