Written by on January 12, 2018

Members of the Caribbean Community, (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana got an earful in The Bahamas last Friday night as they were told mainly to decriminalize marijuana.

The Commission hosted a town hall meeting on marijuana and opened the floor for comments from the Bahamian public where many spoke out about the economic, social and health benefits of the drug being legalized or decriminalized.

Renaldo Cartwright, 24, founder of Marijuana Bahamas, a social media group with 5,000 members, spoke of the medicinal benefits of the drug, referring to his grandmother’s addiction to prescription painkillers.

He said his group is aimed at bringing awareness to the uses of the drug and advocates for its decriminalization with provisions for medical marijuana.

While David Cash, a criminal attorney, said that “the worst thing about marijuana is the fact that it is prohibited by law”.

Cash said the criminalization of the drug has turned many Bahamian young men into criminals and oftentimes wastes the manpower and time of the police and the court for what may be a $2 joint.

The Commission will present its full report from across the region to CARICOM heads of government in July.

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