Go after tobacco, booze, junk food
IN A letter to the Express (September 20) David Subran claims that marijuana has “turned many into living zombies”. Tell us, Mr Subran, how many? And while you’re at it, tell us how many tens of thousands have had their lives destroyed (or at least very negatively affected) by alcohol. I know just a handful of persons who smoke marijuana and none resemble anything like a zombie—they are all very normal members of society. But I know of hundreds of alcoholics who are a drain on society and their families.
Much of Mr Subran’s letter is illogical. He asks, “Should the population be placed at risk...by decriminalising marijuana?” How, pray tell? How can anyone be at risk if someone else has a few sticks of weed in their pockets? And if they are charged (as now) we are less at risk? How silly.
He takes the Chief Justice to task for one of the most progressive proposals this country has had in the longest while and he “calls on the Partnership Government to avoid being lured into this trap that can undo the few gains we have made over the years, and reject this idea outright.” What trap? What gains? He also questions St Vincent’s PM’s “agenda” for supporting decriminalisation. One wonders what Mr Subran’s agenda is. Perhaps he is a lawyer who sees his bread and butter being taken away?
I agree with Mr Subran that we shouldn’t decriminalise marijuana because the courts are bogged down by inefficiency. We should do so because it is the sensible thing to do.
If he really wants something to beef about, he should go after alcohol, cigarettes and junk food, for these cause far more damage to the population, and cost the country billions in health and other care, than marijuana ever could.