Hon. Nigel Stephenson, a three-time Parliamentary Representative for South Leeward, is calling on this country’s government to commute the sentences of persons convicted for marijuana-relate charges.
He made his position known last Tuesday as he contributed to the 2021 Debate of the 2021 Appropriate Bill/Budget.
His appeal came in light of the presence of the coronavirus/COVID-19 disease here, to which, he said, prisoners serving sentences for marijuana-related charges are exposed.
The MP’s concern comes as a drive to establish a Medical Cannabis Industry here is gathering speed.
Stephenson sees no distinction between medical cannabis and marijuana as a whole and commended those farmers who dared life, limb and property on the precipices as they involved themselves, in the, albeit, illegal marijuana trade.
He alluded to sacrifices made to earn a livelihood by traditional marijuana farmers, some of whom could well be imprisoned currently.
Stephenson reached out to the Mercy Committee and/or the pertinent authorities to consider pardoning persons jailed for marijuana.
Stephenson pointed to the objective of making money from the marijuana industry and disclosed that it was the same intention that the traditional farmers had been pursuing that led to their incarceration.