CNC3 – Former high court judge and Minister of Justice, Herbert Volney, is calling for the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying that the average young person who smokes weed, does the country no harm.
Volney made the call in a Facebook post on Monday morning.
The following is the post written by Volney:
“Magnificent Monday and I write for decriminalisation of marijuana. There are parts of Trinidad and Tobago where the marijuana plant grows having found itself in a bird dropping. For our forbears it was a pipe thing for leisurely existence until the Englishman in London found a prohibition for it in India and, by application of colonial laws, to the colonies.
The present danger in marijuana is not proven to be the psychotropic fall out but the trade that attracts gun running and associated nefarious activities. The youth man who pops his splith or joint, harms no one and if anything, aids in comforting him in the wake of social evils of unemployment, and serious other societal displacements of marginalisation.
Sadly, the system targets him for smoking weed and even jails him for it. Our jails are bursting at the seams with accused awaiting trials. But there are two more telling aspects of the criminalisation of small quantities found in possession. The first is that police officers are known to plant small amounts on youth men and even so called ‘big shots’ to embarrass them with a criminal charge as a pathway in many instances to extortion.