The Saga Of Marijuana

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Bahamas marijuana commission deliberated for more than a year to determine the way forward on marijuana only to present the Prime Minister with an incomplete report.

They said they have been having meaningful dialogues with persons in the communities. Yet this is all that they came up with.

Now they are saying they will have to go back to the people and take a survey. “Really!”

One would think that should have been done before their presentation.

Such lackadaisical approach to a matter as serious as this leaves one wondering.

Something smells grassy here.

To rationalise it we are being told that the Bahamas has a serious drug problem.

I believe their assignment was to do some research and see how best we can handle this concern. Not tell us something that even the youngest school child could’ve told us.

Isn’t this what Dr David Allen was saying for many years, isn’t that why young people are before the magistrate every day?

Isn’t that why so many of our youth are in prison or Sandilands.

Isn’t that why so many young people are vagrants and are walking the streets aimlessly dazed and confused?

Isn’t that why so many of our young men are murdered almost every other day, their lifeless bullet riddled bodies lying in the street?

Isn’t that why so many mothers’ pillows are constantly soaked in tears from their crying day and night?

While I can only speak for myself, I believe almost every Christian, and every mother whose heart is being torn apart, whose health is failing slowly because of a child that is caught up in the drug and gang dilemma are constantly on their knees. Calling out to God, praying for the nation and for their children.

Praying that, that late at night knock on the door or that dreaded call never comes.

We all agree that expunging the records of persons charged with small amounts of grass is something we should address.

But what is a small amount.

Are you saying one ounce is a small amount ?

With eight young persons in the same place and with each having an ounce that is a half of a pound.

Do you know how many people can get high on that much reefer?

Add some stitchie and that is an all day and night euphoria party.

It is being recommended that persons over twenty-one should be able to possess up to an ounce of weed at a time. But because they all think alike and hang out together.

What is to stop them not only from sharing their ounce with an eighteen or seventeen year old? But even purchasing it for them or selling it to them.

Reason being it is a scientific fact that the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he reaches the age of twenty-five or thereabouts.

Commissioners while conducting your surveys I beg that you ask parents the hard questions of how they feel about the safety and mental wellbeing of their sons and daughters versus the great grass bonanza.

You have placed in the hands of the powers that be what they wanted to hear. That grass is big money business and there is the possibility of heaping great tax revenues from this venture. But using decriminalisation as an excuse to legalise marijuana in my opinion and that of many others is not a good one.

Honourable Commissioners as under shepherds are you willing to risk the future, the lives of the faithful, trusting, flock that has been placed in your care by taking them down such a slippery slope?

I’m just the messenger. God save our Bahamaland.



February 6, 2020.


truetruebahamian 7 months, 2 weeks ago

My input is on the uses of hemp for undustrial purposes. CBD oil for the benefit of animals and even humans who have distemporate normal faciities and that which use might help their conditions. There are children born "Blue Blood" whose anamorphic conditions would well be controlled by CDB. This is not about getting high - it is about help for conditions not otherwise medicated or even should non THC hemp be grown for food stock, clothing, areas of building and structure. Come on - growing hemp for just getting high and 'religious ' purposes is just stupid. Use a natural ground grown product for future use and often for what it was previusly used before being banned.


truetruebahamian 7 months, 2 weeks ago

This is what it should be about! Not a 'High'way to nowhere but substantial and methodological use of a useable material that is replenishable and will help in the absorption of carbon and methane from our planet and have oxygen producing, labour absorbing and GDP raising prospects.


Revolutionary 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Amazing that we legally allow alcohol, nicotine, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and food chemicals, but suddenly with marijuana everyone is concerned about health. Despite marijuana not being toxic or capable of overdose (unlike the legal drugs).

Yall complain about the gangs and violence and then continue the prohibition that allows them to make money in the first place. If we legalize weed, the gangs can no longer make money off of it (why buy from a gangster when you could go to a safe, regulated business).

Anthony Pratt asks what amount of marijuana warrants a jail sentence. The answer is none. He asks what will stop the sale of drugs to kids, as if the issue is marijuana and not the sale of drugs to a minor. One could make the same argument about alcohol, that doesn't make prohibition an acceptable answer.

If you actually care about the crime, the victims, and the families of those lost, as Anthony Pratt espouses, you should be fighting to legalize this non-toxic drug so that police can focus on violent crime instead of chasing plants, and addicts can get help without going to prison. Time to move forward, look at successful countries and stop perpetuating failure.


proudloudandfnm 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I bet he never smoked a joint in his life....

Funny how people that have never tried it are so full of opinion.....

Liquor is much worse than marijuana, and that is fact....

I can smoke all day long and never get inebriated, try that with liquor you bad. After one half hour you'll be drooling on the ground passed out....


joeblow 7 months, 2 weeks ago

... and there are those who have, became psychotic or flared up underlying schizophrenia and they have never been the same. Those who choose not to be willfully blind know that marijuana has a dark side for some people!!


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