Barbados Prime Minister has given the clearest indication to date that her government will address the vexing decriminalisation of cannabis issue in the future.
Prime Mia Mottley was addressing a town hall meeting in New York on Sunday 18th September when Barbadian born Mayor Adrian Mapp of the city of Plainfield, New Jersey asked “in terms of legalisation of cannabis, where do you stand on that as far as Barbados is concerned?”
In speaking to a large Barbadian audience who showered praise on her global leadership, the Prime Minister stated unequivocally that her personal opinion is that cannabis should be legalised in Barbados. She further noted that she thinks the issue no longer needs a referendum since most of the political leaders are in agreement.
“We have too many of our young people carrying criminal convictions before and a lot of it has gone now. The last piece of legislation we passed when we moved the possession of cannabis to a ticketable offence, where if you are caught with it, you pay $200.00 on the spot and that immediately led to the expungement of a number of people records even if they haven’t gone forward in all the numbers to do it,” she said tracing her administration’s efforts to date.
Mottley went on to confirm that “we believe and in the first elections, we put it in [the manifesto] that we will go to a referendum. Deliberately in this election, I said we are not putting it to a referendum and at the appropriate time, the government will in addition to the medicinal cannabis, in addition to the sacramental cannabis, in addition to these issues, we going to have to have a conversation with Barbadians to be able to see whether we should not decriminalise.”
“But at a personal level, Mia Mottley, not the Cabinet, not the government, I support it but then so did most of the other political leaders, all came out and supported it and therefore so you ask yourself, why do we continue to perpetuate this nonsense and why do we continue to do so in a way that was intended really to serve another country’s purpose and cause.”
Prime Minister Mia Mottley is current in the US carrying out engagements leading up to 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.