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‘Don’T Shoot The Messenger - There Are Laws'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands.

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands.

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

AS the government’s crackdown on CBD products also forces out dairy alternative hemp milk and protein powders, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says “don’t shoot the messenger”.

Up to yesterday, hemp goods were still on the shelves of several stores across the capital.

Dr Sands told The Tribune he has received several angry calls from consumers over the loss of a longstanding healthy alternative to dairy products, but reiterated “there is no distinction, the law is the law”.

“I understand the view that’s being put out that somehow this (hemp) is innocuous,” he said.

“It’s no different than numbers. Numbers been played for decades but it wasn’t legal. So people been murdering for decades, it ain’t legal.”

Dr Sands said: “That argument doesn’t hold water. We are attempting to deal with a matter that is contentious and controversial not everybody has the same view.

“There are existing laws and if we are a country that follows the rule of law, then even if you didn’t know that you were breaking the law before, and you know the law now, then it’s reasonable for you to cease and desist.”

Dr Sands announced in Parliament earlier this month that his ministry had met with Department of Customs officials and police over the influx of CBD and THC products hitting shelves locally.

Medical marijuana can be prescribed as the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts, and the major active compounds in those extracts, are the cannabinoids CBD, THC, and cannabinol or CBN - which is mildly psychoactive with powerful sedative properties.

Popular uses of CBD - which is not psychoactive - include relief from chronic, muscle pain, convulsions, and inflammation; and the use of CBD oil has become immensely popular.

However, the Dangerous Drug Act restricts “every compound, manufacture, salt derivative, mixture or preparation of such plant or resin” unless given a special permit for medical or scientific purpose.

Dr Sands said yesterday: “I’ve heard this argument from several reasonable people that it’s only hemp and it’s innocuous and it’s this and it’s that. I will refer you again to the law, it makes no distinction it says all strains of cannabis.

“Don’t shoot the messenger,” he continued, “at the end of the day there is a process and there are laws.”

“Whether you believe it’s a reasonable law or you don’t believe it is a reasonable law it’s the law. And until such time as the law is changed I am duty bound to ensure to the best of my ability that the rule of law is followed in this country.”

He added: “For me to be promoting disobedience or violation of the law is inappropriate as a lawmaker.”

Comments

bcitizen 3 months ago

Carnival dumping sewage where they want, numbers people not paying their taxes and still operating, Haitians building houses where they want. Illegal mining, dumping, Dominicans raping our waters, and god only knows what else is happening that is more pressing and this is their focus? Who would have ever thought the Bahamas would be importing hemp goods from the United States LOL LOL!!!!!!

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Groidal 3 months ago

150 (reported) murders a year, jet ski thugs beating and raping tourists on every resort beache at will and these clowns have their panties in a bunch over "hemp milk" HA HA HA HAH, I LOVE the Bahamas!

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 months ago

We have no government....we, the Bahamian people, would be better off being governed by the U.S. government or the Canada government with the support of the RBPF and the RBDF. Right now we are being governed by an uncivilised civil workforce that is so entrenched and unruly that not even our elected officials have any power over them. Minnis and his merry band of fools would have us believe they are in charge, but it's becoming all too abundantly clear that that's not the case.

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bcitizen 3 months ago

We might as well apply and become the 51st US state.

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TheMadHatter 3 months ago

We're too stupid to do that. Proud "independent" morons.

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hrysippus 3 months ago

Hemp milk.banned? We.are living in the theatre of the absurd.

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TheMadHatter 3 months ago

Dr. Sands, you are NOT a messenger delivering a message about the law. YOU are a law maker. You make laws. You amend laws. You cannot pin this on anyone else. People with cancer are suffering with a great deal of pain every day, those same every days that you call yourself a doctor.

This reminds me of an article Dr Nottage had around 2015 lamenting the poor conditions for prisoners at Her Majesty's motel. This while he was Min of National Security. Duh? Who was he expecting to fix the problem, if not himself?

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bogart 3 months ago

EXCELLENT POINT...!!!.....HE IS WEARING A SUIT...IN DA PHOTO...SEEMS IN DA ROLE OF A LAW MAKER....

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sealice 2 months, 4 weeks ago

well then WTF can't you lazy whiner enforce the traffic laws? Why just pick and choose it only makes you look like more of a bully?

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