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UK's hold up of cannabis bill a slap in face of local legislators- Skelton-Cline

- Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert blames 'line by line' UK scrutiny of cannabis bill as cause for delay to assent
On the heels of statements from Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, right, that the hold-up of VI’s cannabis legislation was as a result of ‘line by line’ scrutiny by the UK, local radio moderator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left, says the reasoning indicates that both the Governor and the Crown are suggesting that the territory is clueless when it comes to crafting laws. Photo: VINO/File
The Governor in a Thursday, December 10, 2020, statement blamed scrutiny and cross-examination by the UK for the seven-month delay in asserting the VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020 and the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act 2020. Photo: Internet Source
The Governor in a Thursday, December 10, 2020, statement blamed scrutiny and cross-examination by the UK for the seven-month delay in asserting the VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020 and the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act 2020. Photo: Internet Source
Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline explained that the Cannabis Bill would have been adequately scrutinised at various levels and for the UK to now say it is reviewing it, after it was already passed in the House of Assembly, is a slap in the face to local legislators and all involved in shaping the bill. Photo: HoA/File
Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline explained that the Cannabis Bill would have been adequately scrutinised at various levels and for the UK to now say it is reviewing it, after it was already passed in the House of Assembly, is a slap in the face to local legislators and all involved in shaping the bill. Photo: HoA/File
The delay of the VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020 and the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act 2020, by the United Kingdom is seen as a hold up of potential revenue and an opportunity for the Virgin Islands to get moving on its medical marijuana industry. Photo: Internet Source
The delay of the VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020 and the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act 2020, by the United Kingdom is seen as a hold up of potential revenue and an opportunity for the Virgin Islands to get moving on its medical marijuana industry. Photo: Internet Source
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – On the heels of statements from Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert that the hold-up of the Virgin Islands' cannabis legislation was as a result of ‘line by line’ scrutiny by the United Kingdom, local radio moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says the reasoning indicates that both the Governor and the Crown are suggesting that the territory is clueless when it comes to crafting laws.

The Governor in a Thursday, December 10, 2020, statement blamed scrutiny and cross-examination by the UK for the seven-month delay in assenting the VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020 and the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act 2020.

The delay of the bills was seen as a hold up of potential revenue and an opportunity for the Virgin Islands to get moving on its medical marijuana industry.

Governor Jaspert claimed this cross-examination was to make sure the bills were in compliance with international laws; however, according to Skelton-Cline, the explanation is nothing but a crafty scheme by Mr Jaspert and UK public servants in the Home Office, to project themselves as the guardians of the VI.

Gov suggesting AGs are clueless - Skelton-Cline 

“This statement suggests that you and I do not know what it is that we're doing, that our Elected Government do not know what it is that they're doing, that our Attorney General [Baba F. Aziz] at the time and now currently a lady [Dawn J. Smith] do not know what they're doing,” he said.

The commentator explained that the bill would have been adequately scrutinised at various levels and for the UK to now say it is reviewing it, after it was already passed in the House of Assembly, is a slap in the face to local legislators and all involved in shaping the bill.

“That a bill, a piece of legislation on the BVI laws, where we are our own jurisdiction, can go through Cabinet, go through the House of Assembly, go into Committee, have the legal eyes and ears on it so that whatever jurisdictional or regional or international law that they may be, that it would all be set down and passed under and in compliance with that construct,” he said.

Gov more than just a person in the office - CSC

Skelton-Cline noted; however, that the Governor is more than just the individual currently sitting in the office, rather, a representation of the UK and those who want to dictate to Virgin Islanders what they can and cannot do.

“So the governor writes this statement, craft this piece of correspondence where he and the UK want to show themselves in the public eye, that somehow we are the Guardians of you Virgin Islanders.”

“We are the ones who are going to care for and look out for your best interest, because the people you have elected clearly are incompetent and or don't have the capacity and so, therefore, we will come in the middle… now,” Skelton-Cline said.

Elected Gov't being discredited & undermined 

He said the statements and plans laid out by the Governor were designed to discredit and undermine the constitutions of the Virgin Islands, “Their actions are the complete opposite of their words, this is part of the challenge of being a colony,” he said. 

Further, the man of the cloth said the UK is suggesting, “You cannot decide for yourself, you cannot determine for yourself, you need a parent, you need an overseer, you need a Guardian to look out for you, because you all don't know what's in your best interest and you all don't understand international law, so we need to stand in the gap for you.”

22 Responses to “UK's hold up of cannabis bill a slap in face of local legislators- Skelton-Cline”

  • jack (11/12/2020, 09:19) Like (24) Dislike (18) Reply
    I ask again who will investigate this Governor?
    • sah (11/12/2020, 09:55) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      It's only our people can be corrupt, the colonolisers who raped and plundered can't be corrupt. They are our savour and only hope.
  • Hmm (11/12/2020, 09:43) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    I ain’t know about clueless but they definitely have one of the dumbest Cannabis Licensing Act ever made so maybe they don’t have a clue what they doing. All that act serves as is a way for the very incompetent Government to sell weed to make money for themselves.

    Still go to jail, still end up with criminal records and the fines and sentence times are beyond any level of idiocy you can think of. Imagine how stupid grown adults are to imprison and fine other human beings for something that is more safe than taking Vitamins. The BVI Gorvernments stupidity is something to truly behold.

    Well done Governor, at least someone on this island has a brain.
    • Sigh (11/12/2020, 09:53) Like (13) Dislike (14) Reply
      The only thing clear here is that you ignorant to blood about this bill. go educate yourself before coming on this newsite to chat crap. In my humble opinion, this is the Uk saying you ancestors of slaves know your place. How dare you try to make more money and continue to rise. Look how they trying to destroy our financial services by introducing the public registers for only Overseas Territories but leaving the other white territories alone! Did you ever noticed that? Check it out. Now they trying to damage our tourism by seeking to smear out image about BVI being corrupt. When has the UK ever wanted better for this bird sanctuary? When? Answer me? When they bought huge amounts of body bags after Irma?. My people, my people...have eyes and see, have ears and hear. Love
  • Good Morning Pastor Cline (11/12/2020, 09:55) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please stop the nonsense. I will be TRANSPARENT, the BVI is yes, VERY CLUELESS WHEN IT COMES TO CRAFTING LAWS. YOU INACT THE LAWS AND YET THE PEOPLE REFUSE TO ADHERE TO THE LAWS. THE BVI IS NOT IN NO WAY SHAPE OR READY TO ENTER THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY. AS IT IS CRIME IS A PROBLEM IN BVI AND YOU WANT TO ADD MORE FUEL TO THE FIRE? STOP TRYING TO ACT AS IF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL BOOST THE ECONOMY. THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS FOR BOOSTING THE ECONY. ALL YOU HARD HEADS NEED TO DO IS USE YOUR NOGGINS AND THINK. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
  • nush (11/12/2020, 09:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    governor i applaued you if they want the passinf of the bill let them have it the bvi will see what will take place in the nest round. People please make your self in a position to deal with what ever comes Governor give them what they want you are leaving the basket is on theit heads and the bundle be hind kope that the premier can bear the burfen when it comes this is a big mistake rge bvi will see one of these days governor go in peace and the Lord of peace will be with you yhe other governor wull soon be here hear ye
  • NB (11/12/2020, 10:20) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    My uncle Claude never cease to amaze me with what comes out his mouth. One must question the size of the brain...smh
    • @NB (11/12/2020, 10:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seems like your uncle have some type of chemical imbalance. Maybe it is time to send him off to the nursing home.
    • josiah'sbay (11/12/2020, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      When you're personally attacking people you shpuld have the B*ll's to use your name and not hide behind an alias.
      • PEZ KOI (11/12/2020, 17:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        And a great afternoon to you as well JOSIAH’S BAY, PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. WHY DON’T YOU SET AN EXAMPLE AND USE YOUR REAL NAME HYPOCRITE.
    • BuzzBvi (11/12/2020, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      But the brain is bought and paid for and followed by the VI Government. Now you see why VI headed in the wrong direction.
  • whistle blower (11/12/2020, 10:26) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    They want the law pass so it will be easier for them to make money off the INDUSTRY AND LINE THEIR POCKETS.
  • Hate to say but (11/12/2020, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    As bad as people talk about JAMAICA, JAMAICA IS MUCH MORE EQUIPT TO HANDLE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY THAN THE BVI.
  • Rubber Duck (11/12/2020, 10:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very keen to his snout in the trough.
  • Servant of the Most High and righteouse God in Jesus, the Christ. (11/12/2020, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    If the cannabis bill is passed, teachers and school children will freely bring marijuana to school claiming that it is an education booster. Some religious preachers wiil use it before they preach, claiming it enhance better preaching.
    Uk, please deny us this cannabis proposed bill. The majority of us that are wise minded are not for its passage. What we need far more grater than the cannabis bill passage is God love justice, and equal rights for all B.V.I citizens.
  • post it (11/12/2020, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    he who has eyes to see, let him see. he who has ear to hear, let him hear csc is the messenger for our leader.
  • Norris Turnbull (11/12/2020, 12:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE BVI IS STILL A colony ......any questions?
  • priest (11/12/2020, 13:40) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Cline have you ever experienced a loved one who lost it due to the use of marijuana. Let me tell you a true story of seeing a well-dressed respectable, college-educated Youngman, vibrant, holding a good job, a dream of making the world a better place for his parents, then he starts to use marijuana because someone told him it was harmless. He started to experiment with other drugs and the change starts. This once vibrant young man became withdrawn, hardly speak to his parents, lost his job because he could no longer function on one thing too long. He hardly bathes or changes his clothes or eats. Yep, some would say that something else started his problem. The truth is his problem started when he took the first puff of a marijuana offered to him by a friend. Most of you who support this proposed bill sees one thing money. The lov of which is the root of the evil in our society. When you have lost a loved one to the deadly and vicious vice like grip of innocent marijuana you will never realise the truth.
    • Altar Boy! (11/12/2020, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      I can see you have no knowledge of the legislation. This is not a bill to legalise weed willy nilly. Only for medical purposes. The gov't is aware that misuse of the drug, just like any good thing, can have negative effects, hence the decision to limit it to medicinal purposes. You have to be licensed or get a medical prescription for it. You should educate yourself about the legislation.
  • church (11/12/2020, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some body please talk to claude skelton clyne he is putting him self in deep trouble and the rest of the bvi pople he need to just shut up tge lorf does not like the things he ae doing


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