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Published: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:57:27 -0700

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Barbados: Editorial: Don't Be Fooled, Ganja Can Harm Our

Mon, 16 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 16 May 2016 - THIS IS THE ERA of calls for the global legalisation of marijuana and exploitation of its economic benefits. At the same time, usage of the drug is condoned in growing segments of Caribbean societies. Many people argue that it should be permitted for use on recreational and religious grounds; others extol its supposed medical benefits. Support for this "natural drug" is becoming the new normal. Those pushing to decriminalise marijuana advance varied arguments, including the absurd and scientifically unproven, to support their positions. Removing the criminality is also an emotive argument. Yet, what is often overlooked is the harm this drug causes, especially to young people.



Barbados: Negative Impact Of Marajuana Legalisation On

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Barbados Advocate, 16 Jan 2014 - ANY conversation surrounding the legalisation of the drug marijuana must give serious consideration to the impact in could have on the educational system of Barbados. This was the expressed view of Roger Husbands, Director of the Drug Education and Counselling Services Barbados, who unequivocally stated that it would serve the country best to keep the herb illegal. Husbands told The Barbados Advocate recently that the drug, also referred to as dope, weed or ganja in these parts, had for years been causing problems at schools.



Barbados: Editorial: The Great Ganja Debate Continues

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 23 Sep 2013 - IT IS NOT a new issue but one which we can no longer let dangle. From Kingston to Kingstown to Washington and Bridgetown, there is clearly momentum in the discussion on whether to decriminalize marijuana and what impact this will have on fighting illegal drugs in our region. It can best be described as the great ganja debate. The issue of decriminalization of marijuana is a discussion which will create clear divisions; strong support for its usage or total opposition. It is one which not only the politicians must weigh in on, but the judiciary, and the scientific community which must give of their expert opinions based on evidence from well-documented research. Law enforcement officials will also need to speak again to the issue, based on their experiences and knowledge of what has become a lucrative but also violent business controlled by criminals whose actions can undermine a country. We will also want to hear from those in our health facilities and drug treatment centres of their experiences with marijuana users.



Barbados: Drug Bust A Hot Topic

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 15 Mar 2013 - TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA or not was a talking point earlier this week among NATION online readers when police seized a large quantity of drugs at the beach in Fitts Village, St James. The topic is now being ventilated even more after High Court judge Randall Worrell, speaking at Wednesday's National Consultation on the Anti-Drug Plan, recommended the legalizing of certain drugs for personal use. Some shared their views on this "smoking hot" topic:



Barbados: Police 'Should Not Act Like Criminals'

Thu, 25 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 25 Dec 2008 - Police officers should be dignified as they make court appearances - not behave like "a common criminal". Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin made this point yesterday during a media briefing at the Police Band headquarters in Station Hill, St Michael.



Barbados: Regional Heads In Meet And Greet

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 31 Mar 2008 - THREE REGIONAL leaders were among guests of honour at a reception hosted by United States Ambassador Mary Ourisman on Thursday night. St Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King, Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Keith Mitchell of Grenada were among dignitaries mingling at Ourisman's residence.



Barbados: Editorial: Illegal Drugs A Growing Challenge

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 10 Mar 2008 - A Recent Report from the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board would have met with mixed reaction in the Caribbean and Central America. The report said that there had been an increase in national criminal gangs involved in drug trafficking in these two areas, and that the rule of law was being undermined as well. There are daily reports of people being caught with drugs in the region and this immediately signals that this is an ongoing challenge. At the same time, however, where we are hearing that the rule of law is being undermined there must be grave concern since our ability to track down the drug traffickers depends on the efficiency of our law enforcement. It follows that if the rule of law is being undermined drug trafficking will have an opportunity to further spiral.



Barbados: Column: Is The Music To Blame?

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Barbados Advocate, 11 Feb 2008 - RECENT comments from a member of the judiciary regarding the impact of references to drugs, alcohol, and violence in popular music played in Barbados have once again sparked a firestorm of criticism about what our children are exposed to. Without a doubt there are many, many unsavoury references in popular music and some young people do adopt the behaviour depicted in songs, but this group is obviously the minority. The jury is still out on the wholesale impact this music has on behaviour, as can be seen in the United States, which is also grappling with the issue, and where a study was recently released by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in which the references to drug and alcohol in the 279 most popular songs from 2005 were measured.



Barbados: Column: In The Grip Of 'Pot'

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Daily Nation, 04 Feb 2008 - Best On Tuesday -- IT IS SETTLED that much of the crime in Barbados is drug-related, whether the drug of choice is cocaine or marijuana; and that among the young people, marijuana use is accounting for most of their delinquency.