Decriminalizing Marijuana: Worth It Or Not?

SKN PULSE, Friday 01st May, 2015 – The topic of Decriminalization of Marijuana isn’t new to the citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Thus, with the trend that has been set in Jamaica,
are parliamentarians in St.Kitts and Nevis ready to advance the discussion on Marijuana? Are parliamentarians aware that decriminalizing marijuana presents the possibility of a reduction in crime?

While Antigua & Barbuda could see changes to laws relating to marijuana usage, policy makers in St. Kitts and Nevis have been silent on a trending issue that has gained international recognition. Samantha Marshall, Minister responsible for Social Transformation in the Antigua Labour Party Led Government,  issued a call for Commonwealth countries to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the substance.

The minister emphasized that  regional member states should follow the “good sense” of the government of Jamaica, which, after years of dialogue, amended their laws earlier this year to allow citizens to have small quantities of cannabis, without fear of prosecution.

Such a move would bode well for the crime fighting initiatives that the Federal Government are so ably seeking to develop. Decriminalization of Marijuana, will free up police resources. Police would be able to focus on crimes that inflict the deepest fear. For example, sexual harassment, robberies and murders. The time for changing the modus operandi is now as sooner rather than later other Commonwealth countries would follow suit.

Even though there are factions within our society who are persuaded otherwise, the daring facts are before us, more and more youths are inclined to use marijuana more than any other drug. Be that as it may, alcohol and tobacco which are more addictive than marijuana are both legal and easy accessible. Hence, criminalizing small amounts of marijuana hurts our youth and adult populace to the core.

The trend has been set, let’s follow Jamaica’s lead.

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