What about the children?

Dear Editor,

For quite sometime the topic of the legalization of marijuana has been the cause for some meaningful debates.

Some are saying everyone is smoking. That is not true.

Pastor Cedric Moss made a valid point when he said those who are promoting it do not want their families using it. We can take it further by saying they themselves will probably not use it.

While a lot of people are supporting the use of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes it is mostly about the money. And they are not looking at how it might affect our children and whether it is worth the risks.

No doubt there are many benefits to be derived from medicinal marijuana but there are also serious risks involved.

If the marijuana commissioners have no knowledge of the risks involved why would they put an age limit on those who can use it.?

After having been devastated by Hurricane Dorian, we are exploring all means of overcoming the destruction left behind and are doing everything we possibly can to try to rebound.

Grass is big bucks with very little financial risks.

Throw some seeds in a hole in the ground, water them and bang, millionaires overnight. Right?

At least that is what they are telling us.

There is talk about how much money those who cultivate and manufacture marijuana can make and how much it would boost the economy .

But nothing is being said about how it will affect us socially.

Is it worth the risks?

Someone said “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.

The Bahamas is the richest country in the Caribbean and the West Indies and unlike some other places marijuana is not indigenous to our islands.

In most of these places that grow and cultivate it there is a major struggle to get by.

Why should we throw caution to the wind by following them?

Why do you think so many of their people jump ship and come to The Bahamas for a better way of life? If weed was what they make it out to be would they be doing that?

Methinks not.

What are we doing? We are supposed to be leaders and not followers.

Legalizing grass would not decrease its illegal use, but just set the stage for more illegal activities.

The dealers would get off by pushing stuff that is better than the available controlled donkey weed. They can’t wait.

While decriminalization is a step in the right direction, there should not be full decriminalization, even if it is only a misdemeanor with a fine or community service being levied.

Smoking grass is a serious thing and should not be taken lightly.

Hopefully the marijuana commissioners, before presenting their final report to the government, would instead of just looking at the issue from a financial point of view delve further and look at it from the social aspects.

The following postings on marijuana are the latest report from Webmd.com, the leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information.

In an article titled, “How pot affects your mind and body” Webmd observes: Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.”

Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health.

That same Webmd article noted the connection to cancer is unclear.

What’s CBD?

It’s short for cannabidiol, a substance found in both marijuana and hemp plants.

It doesn’t make you high. CBD can be made into CBD oil and sold as pills, gels, creams, and other formulas.

Some people use CBD to treat pain, seizures, and other health problems. But scientists aren’t yet sure how well it works or if it’s safe over the long term. Lack of regulation means you can’t always know exactly what you’re buying.

When it comes to marijuana there’s no comparison. The negative far outweighs the positive.

I heard someone say that legalizing is in the best interest of the wider community.

Again, I ask what about the children? Is it worth the risks?

– Anthony Pratt


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