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Published: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:59:59 -0700

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:10:02 GMT


Guyana: PUB LTE: Is Criminalizing Marijuana a Greater Evil

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 08 Jun 2016 - Dear Editor, The use of marijuana for recreational purposes cannot be a "good" thing. That should not be a basis for its decriminalization or legalization. The issue is whether criminalization of the drug, given the enormous violence associated with the 'policing' by criminals of its supply, combined with the corruption facilitated by the sheer enormity of the profits arising therefrom, is or is not a greater societal evil than decriminalization or legalization. The evidence is overwhelming that criminalization produces the greater evil.

Guyana: Column: Cannabis Cures: Time to End the Stigmatization

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 19 Jun 2015 - While the norm in most places nowadays is to run into a pharmacy and pick up some medication if one is feeling ill, the truth is that pharmacies, as we know them, have only been around for a couple hundred years. People, however, have been on planet Earth for thousands of years.

Guyana: APNU Open To Review Of Decriminalising Of Ganja -

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 08 Feb 2015 - A government led by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) would review the decriminalisation of marijuana, according to General Secretary Joseph Harmon, who says research needs to be done. "We as the APNU, what we are committing to is a review of the laws as it relates to the use and sentencing policies as in relation to marijuana," Harmon told reporters on Friday.

Guyana: Column: DC Marijuana Vote Will Test 'War On Drugs'

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 09 Nov 2014 - Here's the biggest irony of Tuesday's mid-term elections: the US government will continue demanding that Mexico, Colombia and other countries fight the marijuana trade as part of its "war on drugs," while Washington voters have just approved making pot legal in the US capital. Under an initiative passed by DC voters in Tuesday's elections, residents aged over 21 will be able to possess two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational consumption outside federal lands, pending congressional approval of the measure.

Guyana: PUB LTE: Legalizing Marijuana Could Create Jobs

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 30 Jun 2014 - Dear Editor, Over the last years, there has been much said about police brutality towards members of our society, more so the poorer class. The first police force when established in London by Sir Robert Peel was designed to protect the property of the rich from attacks by the criminal, mostly poor element. The police attacks noted are just reminders of the real role of the force. It is not by accident they are called a 'Force.'

Guyana: PUB LTE: More Hot Air

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 29 Jun 2014 - Dear Editor, The President was acting in one of his more playful roles recently. It was reported that he seeks to make the country "totally inhospitable for drug traffickers. (KN, June 27). Acting aside, he is most unconvincing. I do not believe the President; I do not believe he has the will or skill to live out to that loud far-reaching statement. Quite candidly, this is simply more hot air from a president, government, and party that has an inexhaustible supply of such air.

Guyana: PUB LTE: Marijuana Prohibition Is Indefensible

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 18 Jun 2014 - Dear Editor, Regarding your thoughtful June 14 editorial, the move to decriminalize marijuana in Jamaica will definitely be worth watching. Guyana would be wise to follow suit. United States President Barack Obama is allowing marijuana legalization to move forward. The next president may not be so enlightened.

Guyana: Editorial: The Debate On Decriminalizing Marijuana

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 14 Jun 2014 - Last month the University of the West Indies hosted a three-day Cannabis Conference at its Mona campus, co-sponsored by UWI and the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Task Force (CCMRTF). Scientists and researchers from several countries addressed the likely economic implications of decriminalization, as well as the drug's sacramental uses in Rastafarian culture, and the commercial exploitation of its unquestioned medicinal benefits. Building on the Jamaican government's earlier gestures towards decriminalization, the conference ended with a 12-point roadmap that could, with sufficient political will, produce new legislation within a year. When Caricom leaders gather in Antigua next month they may wish to consider similar policies. Jamaica's progress towards decriminalizing marijuana offers the entire Caribbean a chance to turn its back on decades of ineffective policy, much of it enacted under pressure from the United States. The tentative approach to ending the costly and ill-conceived prohibitions ushered in by the US-led "war on drugs" is suggestive of how fraught the issue has become with political considerations that have no relevance to the sort of practical questions considered at the UWI conference.

Guyana: CARICOM Leaders To Debate Marijuana Legalization

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The Virgin Islands Daily News, 11 Mar 2014 - GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Caricom researchers have found that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the region's sluggish economy. Caricom leaders are expected to talk about the preliminary report during the two-day summit that began Monday on St. Vincent. The report was released Friday to The Associated Press.