Senator Stephen King supports legalization of marijuana

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Senator Stephen King supports legalization of marijuana
Independent Senator Stephen King
Independent Senator Stephen King
Independent Senator Stephen King

The legalization of marijuana has been a very contentious issue in the Caribbean, which has caught the attention of many policy makers and organizations over the years.

In St. Lucia, some individuals and groups agree that now is the right time to legalise marijuana, given the global trend, while others have said if legalized, it could have serious repercussions for society.

Joining the debate on Monday (Jan. 11) was Senator Dr. Stephen King, who has openly suggested that marijuana should be legalized and not decriminalized.

The former Chief Medical Officer was reported as saying on Newsspin on Radio Caribbean International (RCI) with Timothy Poleon that if he had it his way, he would legalise marijuana.

But he went into explaining why he would do so.

According to him, if marijuana is legalized a legislative framework can be put in place to regulate its use and revenue could be generated from it.

The independent senator suggested that the income generated from the legalization of marijuana could be used in public health education and other programmes that are deemed necessary.

Dr. King is of the view that most people here have in one way of the other used marijuana and as such he is believes that a public health approach must be taken on the issue, instead of a criminal response.

“A criminal response drives the practice underground and leaves it unregulated, uncontrolled and hence we get the problems that we are seeing,” King asserted.

The senator said Saint Lucia could also have the opportunity to produce the type of marijuana that is not going to be harmful and on the other hand it will ensure that youths don’t have access to the herb.

He said politicians may be reluctant to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana because they do not want to do something that will hurt their popularity.

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  1. For those of you who do not understand me, I have a question for you.

    How many 13 year old's do you know that drink rum and get drunk every day?

    Now, how many 13 year old's do you know that get high on marijuana every day?

    If you don't know the answer to that question then you need to find out. That's the main problem I have with marijuana. The fact that young users are too attracted to it. How does legalizing marijuana solve that. So you expect a government to make marijuana smoking legal for children?

    Or do you expect a government to say its legal for adults but illegal for children? And then arrest the children and charge them whilst adults are free to smoke how they please.

    Come on!! Take your time!! You can't want to smoke that badly that you don't care about anything else. Or do you?

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    • like alcohol a required age is needed for consumption it will still be legal to under age persons if legalized

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  2. Yes legalize it. It would solve most of of our crime problems and it would ensure that the monies generated from it is properly distributed. Most of the so called wise people speaking would be against this because it would affect their revenue stream, because right now is only the prominent citizens who are benefiting while the young men who work for them get sent to jail and kill each other on their behalf. Stop acting blindly toward this. We will always be behind in everything. The US has legalized and is reaping the rewards of generating so much tax and no associated crimes. Those who are in control are those who are against legalization solely because it will hurt then financially.

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  3. Education (academia) and common sense don't go hand in hand. Here's some food for thought...marijuana is illegal because it is classed as a schedule one drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse and no medical value. Before marijuana was made illegal it was widely used as a medicinal herb right her in St Lucia to treat asthma (still being used today) insomnia, pain, nausea, eating disorders etc. We can point to no scientific research to show that it lost its medicinal value when it was made illegal. Not everyone who uses marijuana does so recreationally and only 9% of those who do get addicted. That's lower than alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, coffee and some prescription medication. Marijuana, like alcohol, or coffee or certain painkillers, is not for children. But our indifferent attitude to the rising use of the herb among young people is because of this ridiculous prohibition. As for your ridiculous Obama comment, (shows how well read you are) the last three US presidents admitted to using marijuana (one used cocaine) and we see what happened to their $1M a year job. Enough with the scare tactics you ignorant fool! Doctors, Lawyers, Police Officers etc. use marijuana in some form or another. Yes! Those same ones with "darkened teeth and blackened mouth" that contribute positively to society. Everybody who wants to smoke marijuana is smoking marijuana. Period! Take your eyes off the ghettos and put them on the well painted 3 floor homes. They use the herb just as frequently. Why doesn't your educated mind not figure out that you cannot blame a substance for people making a conscious decision to use it? Do you blame a deck of cards for a gambler losing his life savings? The more "educated" the less wise. Cannabis can be used to manufacture a number of products but we've been "educated" to believe that people can only smoke the herb. The youth can only be saved with honest information. Not by spewing that rubbish that some of you are regurgitating. Why can't we allow them to learn about using the herb for things other than recreationally? Oh I know, because we're "educated". Meanwhile those who educated us are freeing their people from prison and integrating them into society while we keep treating ours like animals. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our mind.

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  4. Hey Doc,)…dealing with dead bodies is not easy eh... smooking a little deh eh? Just wondering.

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  5. Marijuana is a herb that calms oneself. Alcohol causes disequilibrium of oneself leading to vehicular accident errosion of ones internal organs and much violence and it is legalize smfh. Marijuana does not lead one to violent behavour its a depressant. Wen one cannot deal with circumstances in his environment marijuana allows him to question himself in finding a way farward however alcohol causes him to suicide and self degrade. I say lefalize it its a mother fucking plant which should be free and regulate alcohol

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    • Gasa Bruh true what you saying but trust me if weed get legal here just know a lot of robbers and killin go happen because a lot of man depending on dat for a leaving to feed they family , places like m&c dat got going to be selling weed and getting richer while poor men get poorer , people cah say they could find something to do the amount of fellas dat selling weed plus the amount that just dere no doing smh Lucia not going to be able to Mentain that load soo best thing just leave it illegal

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  6. Some of you St.Lucians are a really illiterate and stupid, read before you guys comment. Most of the ppl on the streets use and abuse cocaine, cigarettes and alcohol. Marijuana is the herb of the land it is naturally produced by mother nature and not in a factory with all different kinds of chemicals being put into it to damage our bodies. Marijuana is used to meditate, to connect with your inner self, all those boys you see on the blocks do it for recreation, they do not know how to use it, so stop showing how dumb some of you guys are.

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  7. Doc when you get in power you will legalize it because you look like one who use the herb often. I heard Doctor Didier state how some of our young men are dying from COPD because they use Marijuana along with tobacco and this is now a problem. Are you not a Doctor? Are you saying what Didier explained is false? By the way you would not know much because you only deal with people after they are dead not while they are alive, and you want to say if you had your way you would legalize it that would be to your benefit. Instead of calling on the young men to stop this bad habit you want to support the legalization of the herb.

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  8. I guess its valuable source for cancer treatment and other ailments have not been given any priority; just the same pre-historic idea of black mad men who smoke pot; yet Developed nations are captializing on a product which has always been Caribbean way before America.

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  9. I'm not in favour of the excessive use of any substance that alters your usual frame of mind; whether for better or for worse. Whether it's alcohol, prescription drugs, narcotics or marijuana.
    People who drink rum uncontrollably all day long are called "alcoholics". They're usually adults.

    What do we call persons who smoke marijuana all day long? They're usually on the young side and that's even a greater problem than "high" adults. A society might forsake an adult but it must never forsake the young.

    You would be surprised to know that young persons who smoke marijuana, smoke as many as 20 times per day. How will legalizing marijuana help solve that problem.

    I do believe however that no one should spend a day in jail for smoking marijuana or being caught with consumption quantities.

    If you cannot control the extent to which something is used when its illegal you won't be able to control it when its legal. If supply becomes legally insufficient you will be right back where you started.

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  10. The caribbean should be a poster child for why marijuana should not be legalised. see all the young fellas on the block knifing each other, cutting down each other left right and center? see all the zombies in castries and the young men in the ghettos getting by? see why women in the caribbean face a shortage of eligible descent young men to take seriously? they all on the block with not a care in the world getting high. as for stephenson king, its because so many of our young men fall thru the cracks in the caribbean that we take the one eyed man as king. the caribbean has wasted too much of our talented youth to drugs and alcholhol to make that decision. we have been lax on marijuana for a while and still people think its ok to smoke it. and those who do usually dont end up in a good way. when white countries running to legalise this thing i laugh because the caribbean young men should be a good case study as to why its a bad idea

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    • Point to the part where he asked to legalise cannabis for people to abuse. Read to understand, not to respond. #idiot

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      • I have never been called an IDIOT. You are an imbecile likely a retard unable to discern from the current liberal idiocy being fed to you by a crooked media and men like Stephenson King who ought to know better but has his own agenda whether you are aware of it or not. While I was busy two years ago combing the halls of academia basking blissfully in the search for knowledge and holding firmly to common sense, you had a spliff hanging out of your darkened teeth and blackened mouth stoned out of your head. Now for the next fool, anyone can experiment with any drug, it does not mean addiction. Why dont you continue taking it day after day, year after year, we will see how well your 45 K job holds up then. Your experience and Obama's are not to be applied across the spectrum. Marijuana has rendered a lot of young Caribbean men useless.

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        • That was a whole lot of nothing. "The halls of academia" clearly did you a disservice cause it shows. You didn't hold on tight enough to common sense cause by your logic rope and herbicide has "rendered a lot of Caribbean men useless". Literally! Have a nice day! #peace

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        • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

          The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly

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    • You argument is so shallow. So you are saying that the fact that our politicians are incapable of planning and paving the way for our young generation should be blamed on marijuana.Barrack Obama used it in his young days,look where it took him.The most powerful politician on the planet.No shit Sherlock!!

      The zombies you see around the place don't use marijuana pal,that's crack and cocaine there for you.

      I smoked marijuana when I was young and now I have a job which pays me £45K annually.I'm not a zombie and my wife takes me seriously ,so what is your argument.

      I refuse to accept that young lazy,unmotivated young men can be used as an excuse for not legalising marijuana.Its a cheap and unfounded excuse.

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  11. yes smoking is bad for your health but smoking can be substituted with vaporizing which is much healthier. smoking weed is healthier than smoking cigarette.

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  12. i dont understand this! alcohol will kill you twice as fast as marijuana would but alcohol isnt illegal. when youre high youre on your own business thinking positively but when youre drunk youre into everyones business and causing trouble. So tell me which one do you think should be illegal. stop waisting tax payers money and packing up prison cells with individuals for marijuana which can do no harm to society, if we can accept alcohol then why not accept marijuana. majority of the people who are against marijuana are scared that it will cause harm to society but they dont know what its like to get high and how calm you feel. i smoke marijuana everyday and i opperate better on it than off it, give it a try get use to it and you'll understand my point.

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  13. Someone please explain. Dr. King is pushing this marijuana thing and last week Drs. Charles and Didier are saying marijuana smoking with tobacco ( and it is done a lot in that way) will likely kill the smoker before 40 years of age. Whats going on there

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  14. Refer to the prophetic lyrics of the late Peter Tosh from his song “Legalize It” from his 1976 debut album of the same name;

    “Every man got to legalize it, and don’t criticize it
    Legalize it yeah, yeah, and I will advertise it

    Doctors smoke it, nurses smoke it
    Judges smoke it, even the lawyer too

    It’s good for the flu, good for asthma”

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  15. Wow.. so let's legalize cocaine and all other goods and services that are currently illegally sold underground.. so they too can be better understood, regulated, taxed and contribute to our economic development..

    But consider this.. maybe, just maybe.. the reason our small country faces such a tremendous challenge with the impact of overweight, diabetes and diseases of the liver and kidneys (on a large cross section of our population).. may be due to the fact that such a dangerous and addictive drug like alcohol remains legally accessible to all, despite its attempted regulation and all the efforts at educating about the dangers of irresponsible drinking..

    Please feel free to dislike this comment.. Lol

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    • Boss I applaud your comment.The issue is such that the alcohol industry globally is one such that it is currently too big to turn off as some of the Giants feature on the stock exchanges such as the FTSE100,FTSE 250.Teh policy makers have shares in these co-operations so no way are they going to legislate against it.

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  16. Isn't Smoking bad for your health al be it second hand smoking? Doc, are your a Ganga Smoker yourself? With COPD on the rise with your colleagues issuing warnings, now you on other page, what a confusion for our young persons.

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  17. It is refreshing to finally hear prominent voices speaking out in favour of legalization. For too long we have supported and implemented policies that have wreaked havoc on our society. The Caribbean and latin america have suffered greatly at the hands of a group of people who believe that they are exceptional, who believe that they were chosen by god himself to lead the way. Even as more and more states are decriminalizing marijuana, The United States government is still waging its insane war on drugs, exposing blatant double standards where we are the collateral damage. I am glad that we are finally emerging from an era of darkness, where we can finally get rid of the long shadow of imperialism and colonialism and forge a path that in our interest rather than the interests of outside forces who do not care whether we live or die and who do not care about the impact of their polices on our society.
    Our economy is in dire need of some kind of revamp. Industrial hemp may be able to provide us considerable employment in the areas of farming and manufacturing, but in order to take advantage of that we need a retooling of our thoughts on the marijuana plant and by extension plants from that family.
    We need new leadership. Courageous and strong, Who are not cowards in the face of economic imperialism. Men and women who can rise above the narrow minded, near sighted, mud slinging that passes for politics in this country. New approaches that offers opportunity for our young people, and hope for future generations. New polices that put St. Lucians First, not as a political slogan, but as a glue that keeps us untied and strong with the ability to recognize outside influences that does not support our growth. Legalizing Marijuana will not cure all our problems, but it is a step in the right direction.

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  18. Prohibition has finally run its course; the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people, users and non-users worldwide, have been destroyed or severely disrupted; many countries that were once shining beacons of liberty and prosperity have, through scientific ignorance and blind political fanaticism, become repressive smoldering heaps of toxic hypocrisy and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. It is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists should not be allowed to remain untainted or untouched by the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow human beings. They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets. We should provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity.

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