Dear Saint Lucia: I’m all for a better financial and economic future for our beautiful Helen of the West.
I strongly disagree with a proposed project that utilises 700 acres of land. I agree that the land is underutilised and some parts have never been used and should be put to use in some way that benefits us all.
I refuse to accept that this is the only way to bring in investors: erecting an equestrian. It is true that horse tracks bring in large revenues, but how often do you hear horse races around the world? This is an industry that has been declining in popularity, and in our efforts to make a quick buck for our country have left this fact unexamined (or at least that’s how I see it).
My fellow West-Helleners, let’s be honest here, 700 acres of land can be more “creatively” put to use in many other ways. The BIGGEST in my opinion (I think you already know what I’m about to say) is marijuana and hemp. I honestly believe that the smartest, most creative and thoughtful move would be that of marijuana cultivation and production (heavily regulated and solely for export of course). A plant that which mother nature gave to us, one which cures many ailments and alleviates many pains and has 0 deaths on its record of use.
I am sick and tired of our “leaders” excuses and silence as to why they will not give even decriminalisation of a harmless plant. Trying all sorts of first-world ideas with third-world initiation. There are absolutely no reasonable excuses as to why we can not capitalise on such a bountiful and lucrative industry.
I was reading a document by the Marijuana Policy Group (MPG) of Denver, Colorado and was astonished at the report.
In the PDF labeled ‘The Economic Impact of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado’ I quote under the section titled ‘Synopsis’ that “legal marijuana activities generated $2.3 billion U.S Dollars in state output and created 18,005 new full-time Equivalent positions in 2015” alone.
In the following paragraph, it reads: “Because the industry is wholly confined within Colorado, spending on marijuana creates more output and employment per dollar spent than 90 percent of Colorado industries.” To further make my point I will quote one more paragraph which states: “In 2015, marijuana was the second largest excise revenue source, with $121 million US dollars in combined sales and excise tax revenues.
Marijuana tax revenues were 3x higher than that of alcohol, and 14 percent larger than casino revenues.”
My friends, need I say more, need I point out the blatant inefficiencies and creative workings of our governments, our so-called “leaders”? If we have such an opportunity to grasp at a better life but are too ignorant and blind to do so, then I suggest we might as well pick up our shovels and go stand behind a $20m horse and wait for what will be left of our dignity to come tumbling down.
I am not a supporter of either party and will never be, until one shows the true balls to make actual change. I am upset at the mindset that we have kept cultivating, and sick and tired of politicians shoving political bull-sh*t (or should I say horse-sh*t) rhetoric down our throats every election year.
St. Lucia, this is my opinion, my proposal, and I urge you to make conversation on this. I urge talk show hosts to ask the question “Why not?” and the politicians to say “why shouldn’t we, for the betterment of our country and people and their future?”
I thank you for taking your time out to read this message. Coming from a local, a businessman, an entrepreneur who cares.