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Alcohol more dangerous than marijuana- Bishop John I. Cline

- ponders its legalisation in VI
Bishop John I. Cline has suggested the legalisation of marijuana in the Virgin Islands, commenting that if alcohol, which he believes is more dangerous, can be legalised so can marijuana. Photo: Internet Source/File
According to Mr John I. Cline, the Virgin Islands needs more of a correctional facility or institution than just punishment. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr John I. Cline, the Virgin Islands needs more of a correctional facility or institution than just punishment. Photo: VINO/File
‎ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Outspoken clergyman, Bishop John I. Cline has said locking up persons for marijuana may not be the best way to go and has even suggested its legalisation in the Virgin Islands, commenting that if alcohol, which he believes is more dangerous, can be legalised so can marijuana.

Mr Cline was at the time speaking on his television show "Cross Talk" aired on CBN channel 51 on Saturday February 4, 2017. "We need to be more of a correctional facility or institution than just punishment. We are spending so much money keeping people in prison for non-violent crimes and the same thing we locking them for now America (USA) is making billions of dollars off of selling marijuana. This is the same thing we got our young men them locked up in jail for, something wrong with that."

Bishop Cline's opinion was specific to non-violent crimes.

"Right now I still believe that we are with this old mentality that if somebody is found with drugs or something like that, you send them up (Her Majesty's Prison), you punish them [but] they don't come out any better that they went in," Cline stated, adding that he is subject to corrections if he is wrong.

The clergyman was at the time making his case for making VI prisons more correctional as opposed to one that's more for punishment and, in his words, "when America says it's wrong, it's wrong, but when America says it's right then it takes us ten years for us to say we agree."

Not fully supporting Mr Cline in the latter regards, his guest Carvin Malone suggested that what may be right for the USA may not be right for the VI, but Cline interjected, "Man if they can legalise alcohol they can legalise marijuana."

At this point Mr Malone came back, "I am not for or against you." It was at that juncture Mr Cline said in a burst of laughter, "I know some people already done sending me to hell for that." He insisted, however, that alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana.

Mr Malone then suggested that Mr Cline advocate for legislators to change the laws in that regard. "Because once the laws are on the books they have to do their jobs."

Supa Cop harrassing people?

The conversation switched to Mr Malone mentioning Glenn 'Supa Cop' Callwood being back on the job and doing a "good job."

Bishop Cline then asked "You sure he is doing a good job? You sure he is not harassing people?”

Mr Malone attempted to paint the picture that Callwood is working to make persons obey the law; however, Mr Cline said people have also been accusing Officer Callwood of harassing them.

31 Responses to “Alcohol more dangerous than marijuana- Bishop John I. Cline”

  • NICK (06/02/2017, 11:12) Like (45) Dislike (1) Reply
    for once,i agreed with a preacher.
    • he build a school in africa (06/02/2017, 21:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      i told ayo that man is a rastaman all aint see that rastawoman and all them children going church their .
    • herbalist (06/02/2017, 21:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      the bishop is a rastaman u aint see all those rastas in his tabernacle
  • Eagle Eye (06/02/2017, 11:17) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Their are alot of people who need marijuana tea and because its illegal they refrain from it.but the same stiff necked people that made it illegal will go left it right here. Jahhhhhh, sombody shout Ras.......
    • Rasta Fari. (06/02/2017, 11:42) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      Rasta Fari. Represent the herbs and the youths and your day will be long and prosperous. Great start. Continue the positive Vybz Preacher
  • Ahlikedat (06/02/2017, 11:23) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes! Advocate for the youth them John...
  • chad (06/02/2017, 11:34) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
  • just asking.. (06/02/2017, 11:36) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    How he said he aint running for nothing?
  • Jack B Nimble (06/02/2017, 11:37) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    One thing about this Preacher he not only speaking his mind he is speaking his conscience. I heard him and his argument has a lot of merit to it. Hope it doesn't fall on deaf ears. The Authorities that chose to be deaf on this matter...
  • Bishop (06/02/2017, 11:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like Bishop Cline
    • JohnIvan (07/02/2017, 10:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I like John Ivan Cline. He is the only preacher preaching sense these days. He is like Joel Osteen. He is like Bishop Desmond Tutu, he is like Martin Luther King. He knows religion, he knows history, he knows about finance, he knows about good work ethics, he knows about the history of the BVI and its struggle. He knows about the history of the black man. Put it all together, you have a well-balanced individual. Don't keep quiet, John. Remember when South Africa was under the lash of Apartheid? Did Desmond Tutu preach that we should be nice Christian citizens and wait for our award in the sky? Tutu said, 'no, we want our justice now.' Continue to preach your conscience, continue to keep your messages real and not filled with fair-tail views. They fooled us long enough with our own story from Genesis to Deuteronomy. Let's break up the fallacies and make the message real to the people. You are on the right track, brother. Jesus called them thieves when it was necessary; he called some friends when it was so; and he called some deceivers and traitors when it was warranted. Don't keep a silent tongue. You understand this country, the times and season, and your views are solid. Bless up, Brother. In the fullness of time, your time will come. Whatever your lot, we know you would say "it is well with my soul."
  • SmartMan (06/02/2017, 11:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have my vote daddy

  • Banjo Strings (06/02/2017, 12:41) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Makes a whole lot of sense.
  • My Take (06/02/2017, 14:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    tell them Bishop
  • wise up (06/02/2017, 15:11) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Drinking the Tea is much better than smoking a matter of fact smoking only gives you a high but drinking is what helps with ailments
  • Preach! (06/02/2017, 16:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Preach it pastor... Where there is no vision the people perish... We been perishing. Hurry up run so I can vote for you.
  • Fly (06/02/2017, 21:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • warrior . (06/02/2017, 22:53) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    I think if you stop being a Wolf in a sheep clothing and hiding behind a masked Coward , repent an get serious with God baptize calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus over you,be fill with the Holy ghost so you can here from God and walk in holiness ,teach live and preaching truth ,,and be used of him to cost out all these spirits that is affecting our country, because just in case you don't kno, smoking drinking these are evil spirit's, that come to kill steal and destroy peoples life.
    So my advice to you Mr. Cline is to repent come broken humble before God forget about what people will say , it's not about them it's between you and God ,this country need real men of God who will speak an do the things Jesus said that we must do and greater, thus said the Lord Jesus ,hey Bennie hin repent in 2016 for playing church for years and wasn't truly save / born again, and the Lord Jesus gave him a second chance, he said it in an interview, this country need real men of God who are bold will speak truth without fear.who is bold enough to look the premier governor an all of them to repent repent reeeeeepent and turn from their wicked ways and humble themselves.
    • @warrior (09/02/2017, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And where in the Bible did Jesus say that marijuana was a sin. Some of you will be surprised on judgment morning who will really enter the pearly gates. Stop judging. You are certainly religious but you don't know everything.
  • god favors me (06/02/2017, 23:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i love my bishop
  • facts (07/02/2017, 00:49) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    And even more dangerous to the mind is religion. move on
  • +1 (07/02/2017, 00:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Think i goin take a pass by he church now...
  • Looknuh (07/02/2017, 10:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Warrior, what you asking the Bishop to repent for? You know what he does tell God? Look nuh, let God do his own work. He doesn't need any help from you. Ah say, let the man or woman without sin cast the first stone. If you know what was written in that book that you follow, you wouldn't be asking the Bishop to repent. Why standing afar and judging the man? Let him work out his own salvation with his own fear and trembling. You ever heard the Bishop preach? The Bishop is wise beyond his years. He understands that man can keep you in their "ideological box", but he has long recognized what is best for him. I stand with the hundreds who mention him in prayer. He is one of us and I am not joining none who trying to put him under the bus. Bless the Bishop, Grant the Bishop more wisdom. Grant the Bishop the visionary eye so he could speak the timely word for the present season,
  • agreed (07/02/2017, 13:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    think I am actually in agreement with you on this one bishop.
  • good news (07/02/2017, 20:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    USVI decriminalize small amounts...what about it here...medical grows licenced taxed etc.

  • warrior again (07/02/2017, 22:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know fully well that most people will disliked my comment , but hey the truth is the truth and must be told, and is one thing I like about the truth it cannot be change, yes it can be challenge and expected that, because most people don't want to accept or speak truth, set of Coward's. Hiding behind there suit's ,the truth will set you free people,most seem to be comfortably living a lie , speak the truth they hate you , tell a whole bags of lies maan they love an embrace you your the best..
    • @warrior (09/02/2017, 10:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are judging. And the Bible said the leaves are for the healing of the nation. God made marijuana for a reason. The Bishop knows it has healing power. He is not condoning using it as an abusive drug. That is not him. You judge him because you don't know his heart but God knows his heart so leave judgment to who knows everything and work out your own salvation.
  • NoWarrior (08/02/2017, 09:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Warrior, you don't know what you profess. When sins are forgiven, God do not remember them no more. As far as the east is from the west, so is our transgressions removed. So what you bringing up what was left at the foot of the cross for? You is a police over the Bishop? Look wuk for mankind. Can anyone with good sense tell me how could smoking and drinking be an evil spirit? These are actions of man that affect one's body. They damage your health, not one's invisible psyche. Who wants to have a Ghost inside of them? A Ghost could never be good for anyone, and you calling it Holy? I don't have the energy, warrior, to get into the historic details of religion that you should pay attention to before you start to babble about a brother. This is the same piss that kept our people in bondage so long. Each time a freedom move was planned, a house help disclosing the plan. We busy to cut down our own brother but has nothing to say about the man who introduced us to Christianity religion, who created their own religion to subdue our people while bringing our people out of Africa as slaves to this part of the world, and who was keeping church upstairs the holding cell of Africans downstairs. You want thing to talk, go talk about that first, then you might discover whether you should be in church worshipping the enslaver and the savior at the same time. Knowledge is the healer, the cleanser and the deliverer. Get wisdom, warrior, it will set you free. In the meantime, let the Bishop be himself. His invisible comforter and adviser will advise him. Stay out of what is between John and his God.
  • concern (11/02/2017, 22:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Surely in the last days man will become lovers of pleasure........... They will call evil good and good evil

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