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Kevon S. Lettsome advocates legalising cannabis in the VI

…says time right in light of external UK pressures
Kevon S. Lettsome is calling on legislators in the VI government to consider legalising cannabis for ‘Recreational Purposes’. Photo: Provided.
Lettsome says
Lettsome says "legalising cannabis for recreational purposes will strengthen our economy; create entrepreneurs, create jobs and inaugurate a pillar in Virgin Islands.” Photo: Internet Source
The young Virgin Islander, Kevon S. Lettsome, said in his advocacy “let’s not have anyone misinterpret, as I’m for legalising cannabis for recreational purposes but against substance abuse.”
The young Virgin Islander, Kevon S. Lettsome, said in his advocacy “let’s not have anyone misinterpret, as I’m for legalising cannabis for recreational purposes but against substance abuse.”
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the legalisation of varying amounts of marijuana gaining traction across the world, with Canada being the latest country to join the list of nations decriminalising the ‘controversial’ plant, at least one young Virgin Islander is openly advocating the Virgin Islands (VI) consider going the same route.

This, according to Kevon S. Lettsome, who is calling on legislators in the VI government to consider legalising cannabis for ‘Recreational Purposes’ in the Territory.

Lettsome in his argument noted that “in a time where we are still in recovery mood and with the United Kingdom (UK) undermining us with borrowing those loans and even in the process of hijacking our financial services sector one of our main pillars, I’m more so now, convinced that it’s indeed time to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes.”

Cries of our People

He told this publication, “we have all heard the cries of our people, where some are saying we are a Christian community; it’s going to elevate crime and even elevate education drop-outs.”

According to Lettsome, “…perhaps, what I’ll say is, we as BVIlanders need to graduate from the judging a book by its cover mentality, for I, Kevon S. Lettsome, know, without a doubt in my mind that legalising cannabis for recreational purposes will strengthen our economy; create entrepreneurs, create jobs and inaugurate a pillar in Virgin Islands.”

The young Virgin Islander said in his advocacy “let’s not have anyone misinterpret, as I’m for legalising cannabis for recreational purposes but against substance abuse.”

Pointing the naysayers, Lettsome, conceded “I’m sure many persons have thought about this notion but have failed to come up with the tools to ensure legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes in the Virgin Islands.”

Regulation

He drew reference however to the State of Colorado’s (USA) Amendment 64—which the VI can adopt some or even all— where regulation governs cannabis for recreational purposes.

Colorado’s Amendment 64 is, a successful popular initiative ballot measure to amend the Constitution of the State of Colorado, outlining a statewide drug policy for cannabis.

Some of the laws in the amendment are:

·         Adults 21 years of age or older, can legally possess 1 ounce of cannabis.

·         Adults 21 years of age or older, will need a government issued identification to prove one is 21 years or older.

·         Adults 21 years of age or older, can only purchase 28 grams in a single transaction which is only served once a day.

·         Cannabis stores can only operate from 8am until Midnight.

·         Adult 21 years of age or older, will be given a DUI if their driving with more than 5 nanograms of cannabis in their blood. 

 These, he said, could be consolidated with other measures domestically formulated in the VI for implementation across the Territory. 

16 Responses to “Kevon S. Lettsome advocates legalising cannabis in the VI”

  • LOL (13/08/2018, 12:22) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    every body just jumping n the band weagon
  • bad move (13/08/2018, 13:18) Like (33) Dislike (12) Reply
    Countries like Canada have the mental health facilities needed to back up the use of cannabis and the impact it can have in mental health. The BVI has a room at Peebles and that’s it. I’ve personally witnessed a very bright friend of mine who was once the most popular person you could know, he’s now having psychotic tendencies and has completely lost his way in life (all as a result of cannabis use). Yes it doesn’t affect everyone in that way- it’s pot luck. The fact remains however that the BVI simply can’t help this small percentage of people and it becomes a drain on society and damages families. This percentage could be a significant number too with the increased ease of use. Be very careful BVI.
    • @bad move (13/08/2018, 14:01) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
      I might be one of the very few people that agree with you 100%. I am a healthcare professional and I have seen the effects it has on young minds both locally and abroad.
    • Canada not even ready (13/08/2018, 18:10) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Canadians are seriously concerned about this move as to how it will impacts its youths. Over a year ahead of the decision commercials such as driving high is a crime and other educational announcement had been put in place but don’t be fooled into thinking they are ready for what might come of this legalization. The Canadian Government just wants the profit of legalizing weed in their coffers instead of in that of the drug lords.
    • Gumption. Official (13/08/2018, 23:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Thinking fair and clean I have to admit you’re right. Especially with all the tampering been involving in the production lately it could cause few people to go boom-wow. In 2018 it’s more of a New It /style /in ting etc ad more and more youths who’s not educated about it are messing up their lives. I just have to be truthful!
  • BRAD BOYNES (13/08/2018, 14:28) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    Any smoke going into your LUNGS is DANGEROUS to your health.
  • It doesn’t matter (13/08/2018, 14:36) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    U kno the funniest thing is that most that can read doesn’t understand what they read.
    -It said 21yrs old to legally purchase and use
    -That won’t stop the youngens from getting there hands on it jus like they do now
    - giving the correct use, application and dosage just like prescription drugs it can actually help to heal certain tendencies
    1 weight control
    2 concentration and focus
    3 sleep deprivation
    4 calming effects that the applicant doesn’t over react in certain situations
    5 helps with spiritual refining (if indeed that’s what u covet) breaking the spell of religious affairs. With proper research and relearned mindset that can only come from YHWH in seeking highly filtered truths about the life or the world that we call the [norm]

  • LLM (13/08/2018, 17:00) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yes!, we’re going to smoke that weed#shack2023
  • vick (13/08/2018, 18:01) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I use to be a heavy drinker.i am now a ganja smoker.there no doubt for me,ganja is much less dangerous than alcohol,for me and for the other.
  • kevin (14/08/2018, 09:01) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    the devil will have poor kevon to think this way. May you find your way!!
  • wow (14/08/2018, 18:02) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Very interesting to see the shift towards the legalisation of the illicit drug trade - as a new economic pillar. May God help us. If we don't stand for something you fall for anything.
  • wow (16/08/2018, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many persons avoid posting because of the attacks received for having a different view. However as a BVI Islander I am very concerned about this trend. For one I agree completely with Bad Move: the sociological impact of going this route are simply too high. A quick fix to some perhaps, but with rippling long term negative effects. Are we prepared to essentially sell out an entire generation (many of whom will become addicts under these measures) regardless of whatever medicinal/recreational labels we use. Some also believe that legalisation will somehow deter the bloodshed that the illicit drug industry brings: have you ever checked the drug gang related crime rate of some countries which have moved towards legalisation like Jamaica for instance. The executions have continued. Our foreparents have been tested with economic hardship before and they have overcome, but the answer is never to embrace illegality and re-label it. Thats like when our African predecessors decided the sell fellow Africans to slavery to make a dollar - now we are prepared to sell future minds to lives of addiction. No, the BVI is bigger and better than that. What we need at a time of crisis is to come together - put aside the backbiting and strategize for the strengthening of tourism, new financial markets, a proper plan for fishing and agriculture and bold well thought through new industries. Jumping on the bandwagon without counting the costs to generations by embracing an industry which has taken so many BVI lives already....could never be the answer. We are bigger and better than that...But to come out of this we must come together and strategically rebuild this nation.
  • Earth (17/08/2018, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would love to hear some of the examples of non-temporary mental health concerns.


    There seem to be many concerns. However no examples, this negative bias may be a case of allowing fear to replace logic.

    Over the years many person have commented that cannabis does not mix well with them, or they simply do not enjoy cannabis.


    Personally I have never I heard or read of any person who commented that cannabis messed them up for life.

    All except the persons who were arrested for their cannabis.

    The people who already use it will continue to do so whether illegal or not.

    Makes sense to me to stop arresting people for choosing to use a plant which may or may not help them.

    Persons who can not benefit or mentally handle cannabis will not use it, as their personal choice.

    Many persons don't use attend festival or use alcohol as their personal choice.

    we don't arrest the people who do, no matter if we believe it harms their spirit and body.

    Logic and reasoning.

  • 360 (20/08/2018, 07:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So true @ earth
    Go do research and see where it came from and the different uses and who used it and why they made it illegal
    Don't jus take what these people tell u . Every man not child to their one order . They don't have no balance, pride and defiance is what they use to transfer the minds to their way of thinking. No promotion of any drugs whether It b pharmaceutical or elicit but promote natural resources to perform the healing which will b ruff cause the system won't get the cut they want from it
    For tooo long the powers that b have sacrificed the lives of the territory for their personal gain (yep they the ones moving the dope and act like they don't know what's going on) PHYSCH OPS


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