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Symonette Dismisses Idea Of Cannabis Venture

Brent Symonette

Brent Symonette

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Chief Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Cabinet minister Brent Symonette has ruled out the possibility of a business venture in cannabis for him or his children if the government moves to end prohibition.

Mr Symonette told The Tribune he supported the track to cannabis reform outlined by CARICOM after watching his father’s slow and painful death from cancer.

“Absolutely not,” he said when asked whether he would consider getting into the industry.

“I’m not against other people using it for medical or whatever reasons.

“No plans, nor my children, not the lottery, not the gaming,” he also said, shooting down speculation he would join the domestic gaming sector.

CARICOM’s Regional Marijuana Commission (RMC) report, released last year, calls for a strictly regulated framework for marijuana, akin to that for alcohol and tobacco - bringing an end to the prohibition of marijuana for the entire region.

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana—tasked with codifying Bahamian views on the matter—was recently granted a three-month extension to complete its work after missing its April deadline.

Mr Symonette said he did not think the commission was moving too slow on the matter.

“When government becomes assertive you say they’re ramming it down your throat,” he said, during a recent interview.

“I personally think (legalisation is the way to go) within certain constraints. But one of the things my wife and I have talked a lot about is - with alcohol if you’re driving impaired it’s a very easy test. How do you deal with that question of impairment when driving? There’s those issues but my father died of cancer and I watched a slow death, and to keep people out of pain, why not?

“I believe in assisted suicide too for those reasons,” Mr Symonette continued.

“When I was in the Attorney General’s Office, I would always push for… you get a guy caught with one joint on a cruise ship, why do you take him off a cruise ship and put him in our jails? Why do we get the fella who’s smoking a joint or whatever—now 100 pounds (should be treated differently) - and why should those people (with minor possession) have a record? So I think we should do a lot in that area.”

Comments

Greentea 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If the government give all these rich fellows- Brent or anyone else- permission to grow and export cannabis- while people in Fox Hell Prison for carrying less than an ounce- there should be a riot in this country. I don't smoke but dammit I might lead it. Tired of this foolishness.

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licks2 2 months ago

It is called retro-activity in law. . .they broke the law when is was illegal. . .they were duly convicted by our court!! If the government go back and say: "retro-activity" is 2017. . .all convicted since 2017 are free!! Two problems this create. . .1) those who remain in prison because they were convicted before 2017. . .2) those who want compensation because they locked up after 2017!! If the law is "voided" 2017. . .there was no law to convict those who are convicted post 2017!! A retroactive law means that that law did not exist in retrospect (looking back)! Hence, possible suit for "holding in prison since 2017). . .not for wrongful conviction. . .that law that convict was no law in 2017. . .according to the new law!!

So to avoid all that mess. . .they just "chopped" off the law at 2019 and all who are caught post 2019. . .are free!!

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TalRussell 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey comrade Brent, what's numbers balls you throw today?
Former red shirts crown minister Brent is once again returned private life. The man's and offspring's are free to choose engage in any legally lawful business, yes, no............ Wasn't Comrade Groceries Man's Rupert, he self with handheld device not all set becomes Seller for one the Numbers Man's, yes, no....... No way just make this up...........

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