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Attitude To Ganja Should Be Reviewed


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I read the opinion of Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett and while I respect his opinion, feel it necessary to disagree with the severity of his conclusions. Ganja or weed, as it is commonly called, absolutely does have the negative effect of lethargy and seems to interfere with the ambitions of young people who use the herb excessively. This being said, we have to examine the big picture as there are several factors that come to bear with the herb's ability to achieve the following:

1 ) Gainfully employed young people who need a paycheck do not seem to be as affected as the unemployed and hopeless ( as in lack of real hope for gainful occupation or training ).

2 ) The continued ludicrous criminalisation of use of a naturally occurring plant psychologically drives youth to the side of rebellion given existing frustration with society's inadequate response to their needs.

3 ) Weed, despite being punishable by law, does far less damage to society than alcohol whose acceptance remains as a result of its taxability and greater use by the 'higher' levels of our society. After all, ministers and MPs don't sit around and smoke weed, they smoke fine cigars and drink single-malt scotch.

4 ) The high ( or 'focus' ) easily achieved by $50 worth of weed is only matched by a $200+ expenditure on alcohol in most people and recovery to function effectively is far more efficient from the former.

5 ) Weed will be overly attractive to the young as long as it is identified as illegal, radical and rebellious, thus the removal of those connotations will effectively reduce the use of ganja by the most susceptible.

I believe the time is here for all of us to take a serious look at the challenges faced by the country and what can and cannot be changed in the Jamaican society.

The biggest challenge we face today is crime and in much the same manner and tone that our police commissioner announced the possible closing of some police substations in order to concentrate effort to the real task at hand, I strongly suggest we stop wasting the time of the police and the courts with the persecution of ganja smoking.

The perception that if ganja is legalised, America will 'cut us off', needs to change. America either is already bigger than that or needs to grow up. America is recognising that it has already lost its 'war on drugs' and intelligent people worldwide know that the drugs we need to worry about are prescription drugs that our needy cannot afford and that kill us a little quicker anyway.

Ganja, weed, marijuana, cannabis or herb needs to be recognised, if not embraced, as a part of the fabric of Jamaican life. All the prosecution and persecution in the world will not stop or even stem its use.

This herb has fantastic curative properties but we focus on the small detrimental effect it has on the young while denying our own failures and that of our Government to provide hope and opportunity for the said young people.

We are on the cusp of a new day in Jamaica and I hope that the whole ganja situation will be favourably revisited.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner, The (Jamaica)
Copyright: 2008 The Gleaner Company Limited
Contact: Jamaica Gleaner
Website: Jamaica Gleaner News Online - Tuesday | January 15, 2008


New Member
As an added feature to this attitude, I must say that the majority of the people in America, are still in an infantile stage, when it comes to their attitudes concerning ganja. And until they are awakened through the efforts of grass root movements, by courageous people on America's soil, the government will continue in it's efforts to strangle the movement.


New Member
Gee I guess that owning 2 companies and having 85 people employed fulltime, paying taxes, is lethargic? well screw the US Governemnt and all laws associated with the incarceration of any human being for growing or possessing marijuana. Let alone imposing and forcing ones ideals on anothers governing body that undermines and destroys lives.Vision, ambition, guts, and drive has made many men and women successful in businesses all over the world.
This is a time in history that will be noted as a changing cycle for the marijuana laws and how they will be changed to be adapted to the current social and economic mores of the land.
ALL Marijuana Laws and any prohibition laws of Marijuana must be overturned abolished.


New Member
totally agreed. going to court, or recieving a fine for smoking or possessing marijuana is rediculous as there are more important things law enforcement have to look out for such as rape, murders etc. marijuana has been in human culture for a long time, and even now some countries have accepting the use of marijuana. The U.S. government officials need to open there eyes and remove these insignificant marijuana laws which are mostly attacking innocent marijuana smokers. peace.
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