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No big ting

Dear Editor,

It’s recorded both medically and socially that marijuana is a hallucinogenic and addictive substance. One need only go on the internet visit Webmd.com, type in marijuana and its affect. What you find will not only make you think twice about using it, but to also warn others to stay away from it.

Why is there not more awareness placed in the public domain on the negative effects of its use ?

For the greater part the noise is about the money. Those who opposes its use are labeled old fashioned and out of tune with the buzz of today.

According to the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana, the economic potential of a cannabis industry in The Bahamas is robust. I might have missed it, but at no time did I hear mention of the downside of its use. It is understood that the commission consists of learned persons with diverse Backgrounds. I t is incumbent upon them, for the stability of the nation, to combine head with heart and to base their presentation on both economic and social findings. Lay all the cards on the table. What good is wealth if you can’t enjoy it?

It has been highlighted by Wayne Munroe, QC that medicinal marijuana has always been available in The Bahamas. So why the hullabaloo all of a sudden ?

While I wouldn’t put any money down against it, I believe that Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands being a heart specialist knows more about the affect of marijuana than he is revealing and that is the reason for his cautious approach.

The prime minister’s mantra appears to be, “I would rather lose an election than lose a country.”

The onus is now on you Dr. Minnis. What are you going to do?

Listening to the talk shows, parents, other family members and persons with past ganja experiences are pleading with the government not to proceed with the recreational use of marijuana.

Most of us old enough to have experienced the horrors of the eighties are still living the nightmares. Almost everyone was affected by the use of crack cocaine. I lost four of my best friends during that time and it’s only by the grace of God that I escaped.

It came in so subtly, hardly anyone paid much attention and at first there was a lot of money flowing through the country, which caused some in authority to turn a blind eye and before you knew it, The Bahamas was known as a nation for sale.

Gangs, gang wars and violent crime are now a part of our everyday living.

Young men caught up in the change of time are in the trenches not knowing how they got there. Fighting a war they didn’t start. Fighting, just fighting and not knowing why.

Forty years later we are now contemplating opening another Pandora’s box. Only this time it is with the blessings of the powers that be. How quickly we forget.

But then again what the heck, it’s mostly only going to affect the poor people in Bain Town, East Street, Pinewood, Fox Hill, Yellow Elder Gardens and Kemp Road. Who cares” No big ting. There is already a social meltdown in these communities.

Can you imagine yesterday in fear of being arrested you had to swallow your roach when you saw a policeman coming? Now today you could light up your bomber while drinking a Guinness right in his face and you don’t even have to hide your stash. Boy dis ga be good, psyched out for days.

God save our Bahamaland.

– Anthony Pratt

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