Former Dominican MP speaks out against statements made by UWP's Joseph Isaac calling for the decriminalization of Marijuana on island
A former member of parliament in Dominica is speaking out against calls for the decriminalization of Marijuana in the island.
Last week Friday Roseau Central MP, Joseph Isaac, said it was time for officials in Dominica to seriously consider the decriminalization of marijuana.
Isaac made the remarks at the graduation ceremony of the Youth Development Division's Life Skills Program.
Isaac expressed his willingness to lead the mission towards this objective and revealed that he had already discussed the idea with a member of cabinet.
Former Castle Bruce MP and Dominica's current Liaison Officer for Diaspora Affairs in St Thomas, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, says Isaac is trying to erode all the efforts that have been made by the DLP administration to raise the awareness of drug abuse on the island.
Bannis Roberts says the effects marijuana has had on the country's youth is evident.
She further stated that she has waited a couple days before speaking out on the matter, and she was awaiting a statement that should have been issued from the Ministry of health or the drug Abuse Prevention Unit in Dominica.
There's been no such statement to date.
Bannis Roberts says Isaac should apologize for his dangerous statements.
She says also the Health Minister cannot sit back and not respond to such statements.
Former MP for Cabinet for Castle Bruce and Dominica's current Liaison Officer for Diaspora Affairs in St Thomas Loreen Bannis Roberts
In 2012 Attorney General Levi Peter made it clear that the Drug would not soon be legalized, stating that marijuana would continue to be an illegal substance in Dominica in the foreseeable future.
In 2014 PM Roosevelt Skerrit revealed plans to reveal and perhaps alter Dominica's marijuana laws with the view to lifting some restrictions.
However; he emphasized that the government was not prepared to lift the ban on the use of the herb completely.
Marijuana was classified as a Class B Drug in Dominica meaning that it is illegal to possess, cultivate or sell the substance.
All efforts by Q95 news to get a public response from the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit, the Ag Minister of Health, the PS in the Ministry of Health and the Chief Youth Development Officer proved futile.
The PS in the Ministry of Health said she was unaware of the statements made by the Roseau MP and the Chief Youth Development officer said he would rather wait for the higher authorities to respond to the matter first.
7/7/2016 07:24:00 pm
It's quite unfortunate and disappointing that in light of all that is know of marijuana in today's world, both medically and scientifically that Ms Bannis-Roberts and all those opposed to decriminalizing marijuana could claim this single issue as the reason to maintain this ridiculous ban on a harmless plant, yes harmless, because there are plants way more dangerous growing among us. Since we tend to be followers anyway, as the rest of the world does we will certainly follow, there's no question.
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