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‘We are not going to make people high’ on marijuana- Premier Fahie

- in face of criticism over the move to legalise medicinal marijuana in VI
The medical marijuana industry, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), is expected to bring in millions to the Virgin Islands, with $5M revenue projected in the first year of production. Photo: Internet Source
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has dispelled the notion that tapping into the medical marijuana industry would negatively affect the Territory’s vulnerable residents. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has dispelled the notion that tapping into the medical marijuana industry would negatively affect the Territory’s vulnerable residents. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has dispelled the notion that tapping into the medical marijuana industry would negatively affect the Territory’s vulnerable residents.

Addressing the issue at the close of the Budget debate on December 13, 2019, Premier Fahie said “We ain’t going to limit a soul. We are going to open up the BVI.

”It was recently announced by Hon Fahie that a number of Canadian and American companies have made presentations to the Government and that research has been done to indicate a specific strand of marijuana that can be grown in the Territory.

“No, we are not going to make the people high and make all their troubles go away. No, that is not the aim,” Premier Fahie said on December 13, 2019.

Multi-million dollar industry

The industry, according to Honourable Fahie, is expected to bring in millions to the Virgin Islands, with $5M revenue projected in the first year of production.

He said already a land swap has been organised with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College to facilitate the production.

According to the 2020 report on the deliberations of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) released on Thursday, December 19, 2019, some 40 farmers will be trained locally to capitalise on the sector.

Farmers will also be able to set up businesses as part of the initiative.

On the other hand, Opposition lawmakers locally are not as optimistic that the industry will generate the projected millions as the Premier is expecting.

16 Responses to “‘We are not going to make people high’ on marijuana- Premier Fahie”

  • At last (26/12/2019, 10:34) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    tell them Fahie, these people here are so backwards!!! this industry is taking off all through-out the region and the world...BVI will NOT be LEFT BEHIND
    • Hmmm (26/12/2019, 11:04) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      And so is the cocaine industry " taking off all through- out the region and the world"..zPremier is a know it all, unequivocally saying " We are not going to make people high" Guess he plan to be making them rich so he busy making plans to give away land and free homes , dumbing down the school children,giving and encouraging handouts, turning over every rock stone to create a dominant population of entitled neer do well foreigners, destroying all aspects of the environmernt with racing cars,bikes etc.
  • I agree (26/12/2019, 10:44) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is a million dollar industry. The revenue will stimulate the economy in a major way.

  • lol (26/12/2019, 10:56) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    So after every one feel better from the herb......tell me isnt it the same lifestyle that make them sick they going back to? What about the nasty low grade food people will be eating when they get the munchies? Why are we growing cannabis before we can produce our own food? People gon be high and cured but even more hungry now....
  • Hot question (26/12/2019, 13:55) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I mean, where are we going to sell this stuff? Will we export it to the Us? Is there already an agreement?
    • jah know (28/12/2019, 03:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You must be retarded, look at Amsterdam and other US states where it's legal. They have dispensaries and coffee shops where locals and tourists come in and have a smoke, snack and drink. It doesn't need to be exported.
  • choice (26/12/2019, 14:14) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one is forcing anyone to do what they don't want. But we have to stop thinking for other people. Who don't want it leave it... Who want it take it.....That's why I've been advocating for a Casino on the cruise pier from the inception... Seems like no one in power sees the economical and social benefit of a Casino...Again its a choice who don't want it leave it. Let want it enjoy it.
  • home boy (26/12/2019, 15:20) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thata why the Bvi is behind time and ya'll steady crying bout minimum wage and cost of food, let better businesses or franchises help build the country. Cause ya'll don't support your either way.
  • Complainers (26/12/2019, 15:51) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    I think most people is thinking the weed is going to get out of control. Actually not, it is going to generate money to stimulate the economy, education, inferstructure and roads. The US States use the money for the above mentioned. I think it will work in the BVI. Watch, the BVI set this in play and it takes off, and it will, Every other Caribbean Countries will be wanting to do the same. All are welcome, why pass up a chance to be part of a multi million dollar industry.
  • E. Leonard (27/12/2019, 08:06) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Undoubtedly, marijuana may have some medicinal benefits for patients. Secondly, many countries are getting into the medicinal marijuana production business, ie, USA among others. How does the BVI, a small locale, intend to compete in growing market? How does it intend to differentiate itself? To out perform rivals, it must establish a difference it can preserve. Further, it must deliver greater value or create comparable value at a lower cost or do both. Will the medical production be primarily for local use or also for export, increasing foreign exchange? If for export, what countries will the BVI be trading with? How will government control the production, ie, quality, quantity, market(s), testing lab....etc, distribution......etc and how will it derived revenue? Will residents be permitted to grow marijuana for personal use to treat medical conditions?
    • Quiet Rebel (27/12/2019, 12:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good read. Here is my $0.02 to the discussion.
      Other regional revenue starved countries are getting into the medical marijuana business to increase revenue, cash flow, boost economic growth .......etc. The competition will be fierce so the BVI needs to strategically position itself to produce the weed differently from others. Other regional countries, ie, Antigua, Jamaica......etc have/are initiating actions to decriminalize possession of marijuana for recreational purposes at or below a certain quantities. The BVI lagged other regional countries in permitting visitors with dred locks to enter the territory; it was at the lagging edge, not the leading edge. The BVI should be one of the leaders in the region on legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes; it must be at the tip of the spear. It was not in the forefront of the change; it needs to be a change leader on marijuana use and it was/is on financial services. Nonetheless, this government from February 26 has been moving bud speed ahead to do a wak of things at once to please everybody. In doing so, it has stumbled and have done some head scratching things. In my humble opinion, the government needs to slow down, take a deep breath, properly evaluated and plan things, study the outcomes and consequences before moving bud speed ahead. Stop the rush to impress. Hear is news flash. You cannot please everyone at once. The people have given you the mandate, the authority to make things happen. As such, you should take your time and do it properly for long lasting impact. The carpenter’s rule mandates to measure twice and cut once. Nuff Words of wisdom. The government is on pace for one term if does not correct course and stop the unconventional nonsense. Politically, once the electorate is turned off, it is challenging to regain their trust, confidence and support. The QR say on this season of giving—take heed. Happy New Year!
  • Brace your spine Fahie! (27/12/2019, 09:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is freedom. One more step on the path to freedom from slavery; economic & mental slavery.

    Adults need to be able to choose if they want to use this natural plant.

    We are a Christian society.

    "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." - Genesis 1:29

    Break free from the bonds of mental slavery, this plant is not evil but the lies they told about it and the way they ruined people & stigmatized their neighbors over it, was and is evil. The devil is a liar.

    And Jesus said love god first, and second love your neighbor as you love yourself.

    It is healing and that is why it is being legalized all over the world despite the enemy's attempts to brain wash us.

    Truth stands on its own two feet no matter what lies they tell, the truth is the truth.

    The truth is this is a healing plant, a medicine for the body & mind which no adult deserves to be incarcerated for!
  • yow yow (27/12/2019, 11:13) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Getting hi is way better dan gettin drunk they need to ban rum
  • think (27/12/2019, 11:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any hope that this administration will steer towards free thinking and original ideas? The whole World will be in the marijuana industry so how would we be the ones with it as a billion dollar industry? If we grew and produce our own food on the farms we are allocating for this worldwide watered down experiment, we would ,each household would be the beneficiary of tremendous savings for certain.,healthwise and dollar wise.
  • musa (27/12/2019, 13:34) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    If this pass &the 600 cc bvi will be sad news becouse all the churches quite about the youth future. And we call the bvi a Christian community .no no 4 me........

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