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‘Studies needed on medical marijuana’ – VIP Top Brass

-said on VIP Let's Talk that the issue will eventually have to be faced & discussed among VI society
Rastafarians revere marijuana, or ganja as they call it, and smoke it regularly. Photo: AP
Both Chairman of the VIP Hon Julian Fraser RA and senior member of VIP Hon Andrew A. Fahie are in support of further discussions on the decriminalizing of medical marijuana. Photo: VINO/File
Both Chairman of the VIP Hon Julian Fraser RA and senior member of VIP Hon Andrew A. Fahie are in support of further discussions on the decriminalizing of medical marijuana. Photo: VINO/File
An example of medical marijuana. Photo:
An example of medical marijuana. Photo:
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said his party has not sat to discuss the ramifications of decriminalising the use of marijuana for medical purposes but acknowledged that such a topic requires careful study.

A caller to last evening’s March 18, 2015 VIP Let’s Talk on ZBVI 780 AM wanted to know what was the party’s take on the legalisation of marijuana given all that is happening in many countries of the world, including some states in the United States of America.

In response to the question, Honourable Fraser said, “I don’t think this is something that we have considered. We have to [be mindful] of our major trading partners on issues such as that.”

He said too that there are the churches which will have their own views on the issue and this is something that cannot be ignored. But he noted that studies must be done to guide decisions on such an issue in the future.

Senior member of the VIP, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said that the time is coming for discussions not with regard to lighting up and smoking for recreation but for examining its medicinal qualities.

“If you look at the research in terms of the medical uses of it then there are some areas where we need to start discussions on,” said Fahie.

“It is something at the end of the day that will be discussed just like alcohol and cigarettes were discussed. And at those times they were very sensitive topics to discuss. But the medical uses for it are something that you cannot shy away from…it is something that you’re going to have high level discussions on in the very near future,” he said.

Radio talk show host Douglas Wheatley, among others, has often called for discussions on the issue of the decriminalising of marijuana.

Decriminilisation of marijuana

In January 2015, the Jamaican cabinet approved a bill that legalises the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

It meant that for the first time the country's Rastafarian community, which uses the herb for religious purposes, could be able to smoke it legally.

The bill had also envisaged a licensing authority for the cultivation, sale and distribution of marijuana for medical and therapeutic purposes.

The bill had also proposed that the smoking of marijuana would be banned in public spaces.

After several hours of debate, legislators in the lower house in Jamaica on Tuesday February 24, 2015 gave final passage to drug law amendments that make possession of up to 2oz (56.6g) of marijuana a petty offence that would not result in a criminal record. Cultivation of five or fewer plants on any premises would be permitted in Jamaica, where the drug has long been culturally entrenched but illegal.

Rastafarians can also legally use marijuana for religious purposes for the first time on the island where the spiritual movement was founded in the 1930s. Tourists prescribed medical marijuana abroad will be able to apply for permits at a cost authorising them to legally buy small amounts of “ganja”, as it is known locally.

The drug fight

South and Central America and the Caribbean countries have been battling the impact of drug trafficking and drug use for decades.

Cocaine and marijuana produced in the region is transported through many countries, their citizens turned into consumers by the trade.

28 Responses to “‘Studies needed on medical marijuana’ – VIP Top Brass”

  • vip (19/03/2015, 09:48) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Unlike others, we are not afraid to tackle the tough topics.
    • Bull (20/03/2015, 15:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bull Crap, VIP just as weak as NDP. They all scared to make a move to help our economy. In the USA these people making millions on weed calling it medical use, so why we can't make some of those millions? You all a bunch of phony baloney so called christians who most of you are having extra marital affairs. Let marijuana be legal so we can finally have a ROBUST economy....Sick of all you.
  • come on guyz! (19/03/2015, 09:50) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let us make good use of those greenhouses and get the economy going!!!!
  • weed (19/03/2015, 09:53) Like (12) Dislike (13) Reply
    free up the weed
  • 123 (19/03/2015, 10:02) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    fraser the next chief always on the ball with answers
  • wize up (19/03/2015, 10:11) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    life can be cruel; when I smoked this thing back in the day we were labelled as crazy NOW the whole world wants to FREE it up!!! WOW.....
  • Barry (19/03/2015, 10:23) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    we puffing in the square like we just don,t care,high grade we ah smoke.
  • vg boy (19/03/2015, 10:46) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
  • VIlander (19/03/2015, 10:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sheep, Bah Bah.......all of a sudden we're open to discussion b/c everybody else did it first.
  • dog (19/03/2015, 10:52) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    there are still many battles in the US over use and enforcement of the law and how to control the use. While there is evidence that pot may be helpful in medical situations, it is ripe for abuse. I cannot see any laws in BVI being followed or cracked down on considering how it is being used now. Why bother bringing it front and centre which will publicize and glorify it more. Fraser is right that it needs more study. for all we know, equipment operators at the dock may be under the influence, causing accidents. don't know.
  • Guest (19/03/2015, 11:11) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    The island and it's people is not ready for legalization of marijuana.
    • pat (19/03/2015, 23:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      agreed. it is a responsibility that most of these posters don't get. They are immature in their comments. We are talking medical use, not hanging out in public.
  • asura (19/03/2015, 11:31) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Another 4 years of the ndp we all will need to get high
  • jah!!!! rastafari!!!! (19/03/2015, 11:36) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
  • a move forward (19/03/2015, 11:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    its about time the studies are there, for people with MS, Migraines, Neurological, and it cant put money back into the country to as well. in Colorado the government is giving the money back to the people because of the profits its over whelming people need to read more and understand before turning down solution to the country make the new trade could be marijuana between the government its just my opinion.
  • Pimp a Butterfly (19/03/2015, 11:59) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Reality is all these old politicians old party members old Cabal members old church goers old pastors need to PASS AWAY before any change will come.
  • sean paul (19/03/2015, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Legalize It
  • cay (19/03/2015, 12:51) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Fraser is the man
  • Kermit (19/03/2015, 14:16) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Studies yuh say???? That sounds like a committee worth of people to pay.. So here what, imma do a few Google searches on the topic and email them my findings.. Free of charge..smh. Are we serious? decriminalize the plant lets get on with our lives, i want to be able to consume gods herb legally in peace.. Why are we always lagging 10 years behind the rest of the world?
  • confused (19/03/2015, 15:49) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Marijuana is addictive and kills brains cells. The particle that gives the high is not present in Medical Marijuana there is a difference.
  • qc (19/03/2015, 16:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets free up the weed ppl broke
  • apple (19/03/2015, 16:28) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Carbon Monoxide is the smoke generated from burning bushes, wood, fuel etc. any how you want to put it Smoking is dangerous for your health and can cause lung cancer. If someone lock himself in a room filled with Marijuana Smoke he will die due to lack of oxygen. People do not inhale Carbon Monoxide into you body. It will kill you!
    However, man has his free will to live or die due but me can live a bit longer if we take care of out health.
  • east (19/03/2015, 22:04) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Light up the thing man
  • F4T (20/03/2015, 10:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most won't agree with my comment, but whether or not marijuana is legalized; it's not going anywhere. It will continue to be used for whatever purposes. Getting it is as easy, if not easier than buying a drink from the store. The main discussion I think we should have is, if it can help our economy like it has on a extraordinary scale in Denver, Colorado.
  • wisemind (21/03/2015, 11:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We want discussions and considerations on topics that we forth right know will work and be beneficial in all areas yet like an opinion states that we are not ready....when will we be ready yet the readiness of alcohol and cigarettes that are sold right at your fingertips at the cash register is ok and the noise dies for the mere fact that these were made with dog and cat urine....yet we need discussions on herbal medicine whether spiritual or pleasure...yet we wait for sickness to harden glaucoma worsens arthritis stronger yet we still wait as we fear noise and negative feedback while we watch labelled cigarettes sold and puffed anytime anywhere....a people without a vision will in deed perish.... Look at the rate of our community leaving earth....wise up
  • Biggs (23/03/2015, 05:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    By the time they touch that topic weed will be out of style lol
  • Lily Ann (23/03/2015, 11:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

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