Marijuana users do not 'function perfectly'

“THERE is no such thing as being inebriated from weed. You can smoke all day long and still work, still drive, still talk, basically you can still function perfectly. But drink straight for two hours. You won’t be able to stand, talk or function at all. Yet weed is illegal... How did this planet get so stupid?”

The question of recognising marijuana for medical use

THE use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, says National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage, is a knotty issue that will soon have to be debated. Government is now feeling the pressure as the police discover more and more fields of marijuana growing in remote areas, not only on New Providence, but in the Family Islands, particularly Grand Bahama.

Nassau hotels eye strong Easter peak

Major Nassau/Paradise Island hotels are reporting high occupancies for the Easter holiday period, one executive confirming to Tribune Business yesterday that it was seeing strong performance from its leisure business for the Spring Break/Easter period.

Webshops are still in limbo – status must be settled

IN this column, we have already dealt with the two questions that Bahamians were asked to answer in the gambling referendum on January 28 last year, but in view of comments made by gambling chief Craig Flowers, in a radio interview last week, we return to the subject today.

April Fool's Joke: Elbow Cay Lighthouse sold, moving to Exuma

AS if NEMA’s startling announcement of a tsunami surging towards these islands had not caused enough hysteria in the Bahamas on Wednesday, the news that a wealthy Texan had purchased the Elbow Cay Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town and was about to move it to his private island in the Exumas, promised a tumultuous rebellion as it started to circulate in Nassau last night.

Is world history today repeating itself?

AS WE watched in horror a Russian tank smash through the gates of a Ukrainian army base in Crimea’s Balbek city on Saturday, it was as though a sledge hammer had forced open the memory box of a small child sitting in her father’s editorial office many years ago listening to him discussing another European land grab by a mad tyrant.

It’s now time for Bahamian society to heal itself

THE Bahamas has lost its moral fibre, a Bahamian recently remarked. He wanted to know whether we agreed, and, if so, when did we first notice it.

Government and Opposition must settle webshop issue

ON January 30 last year — two days after less than half the voting public said “no” to the legalisation of webshops— The Tribune’s headline read: “PM: Webshops must close now.”

Immigration will cripple Bahamas' growth

EARLY yesterday morning, we received a telephone call from a member of the public who has close friends in both political camps – PLP and FNM. He was concerned. In fact he was very concerned.

Bahamas' signature should be removed from PetroCaribe

SIR RONALD Sanders, who demands accuracy, made a statement in his weekly column in The Tribune on February 24 listing the Bahamas as one of the 18 signatories to the Hugo Chavez cheap oil deal, better known as PetroCaribe.

FNM is not aboard the VAT train

ALTHOUGH the FNM remains “committed to tax reform”, it is not “on board the VAT train”. So announced Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis in the House yesterday.

Recognition of airman Bert Forsyth is long overdue

AN INVITATION has arrived in Nassau announcing a special ceremony by the US Postal Service of the First-Day-of-Issue ceremony for the C Alfred “Chief” Anderson stamp. “Chief” Anderson is known to the world as the “Father of Black Aviation”.

The Bahamas did not sign the Petro Caribe pact

IN HIS column on page 12 of today’s Tribune, Sir Ronald Sanders asks: “Petro Caribe: are Caribbean countries prepared for the worst?”

Investigating theft of iguanas

AS Deputy Prime Minister “Brave” Davis said in a press statement yesterday, it is important that the mysterious appearance of 13 Bahamian iguanas — one dead— discovered in luggage at Heathrow Airport, London, should be thoroughly investigated.

Discrepancy in crime statistics questioned

THE government would like Bahamians to believe that crime is on the decline.