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Dear Editor,

The cannabis conversation we are having right now in The Bahamas is all about control.

Cannabis was grown widely throughout the United States until the 1930s, when private business entities decided that it was a threat to the bottom line of the oil, nylon, wheat, cotton, paper/wood, and pharmaceutical industries, just to name a few.

After all, anyone and everyone at that point in time could grow cannabis and sustainably live outside of the centrally established system of economic control.

Harry Anslinger was appointed to beat the drums of racial mistrust in the U.S. in order to gain support for the resulting anti-cannabis campaign. Once that effort was successful, he then took the fight to the United Nations (UN).

Being the world superpower that it is, the U.S. influenced the UN to adopt the Schedule I listing of cannabis without any scientific reasoning for, or proof of, cannabis’ alleged “danger” to society (we somehow now require proof that it isn’t a “danger” to get it off that misleading listing).

Meanwhile, the propaganda of various anti-cannabis campaigns over subsequent decades muddled the global population’s view of cannabis and set up a system where national participants pledge their loyalty to protect and reinforce the very parts of the system that prevent them from thriving.

The result was that trillions of dollars have been made from the separate industries created from the prohibition of cannabis since the 1930s.

What is interesting, though, is that the U.S. is poised right now to federally legalize cannabis to protect their interests.
After all, the cannabis economy has begun and if they don’t federally legalize, the “petrodollar”, a hybrid strain of cannabis, will plummet in perceived value like a rock (anything oil can do, hemp can do better, sustainably and without harming the environment).

This is just a snapshot of what is happening in the background behind the global cannabis conversation.

There is a whole lot more that still remains to be revealed.

Now here we are in these times, in this region, going through the motions of reversing the self-serving decisions made against a plant which is so powerful in its versatility that it singlehandedly represents economic freedom, stability, and sustainability.

Meanwhile, those presently in power globally have already started rallying around and are making billions privately.

All while we small island states continue to talk about what we perhaps could do.

There is no way that regional government bodies are so fragmented or disassociated that we collectively have not figured out by now that we can dominate the global cannabis industry.

We have the unique situation of being island states.

We are the ones who will face the brunt of climate change.

And we now have a resource in cannabis that can truly unite our energies and reinforce our economies, effectively making this region, and all small island states for that matter, self-sustainable.

Yes. It is feasible – self-sustainability.

It is tragic that most small-island governments are extremely hesitant as to whether they should decriminalize cannabis, all while simultaneously pretending to not be aware that the plant genus can feed, clothe, shelter, medicate, and provide energy for our people.

Our people.

We claim to love our own. However, the way our governments treat the people sometimes leaves much to be desired. But I digress.

Again, this cannabis conversation is a global one about control.

Watch the G20 summit closely. Trust that they will be discussing behind closed doors how to manage the upcoming cannabis economy and maintain their economic dominance (one that they openly wave in front of all of our faces whenever they have these summits).

My opinion on what we should do?

Decriminalize completely from a small-island state perspective and work the resulting industries intelligently and strategically.

This conversation is way beyond persons smoking a joint or two.

This is about power on a global level.

In unity there is strength and right now we definitely need both.

To borrow a phrase from a young man (‘MDeez’ Knight) who has recently departed this life: less talk, more action.

– Yorick Brown

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