Government is again being warned against decriminalising marijuana.
The advice was issued last night by well-known drug counsellor Roger Husbands, who insists this will not drive down crime or reduce the number of people smoking the drug.
He told a drug awareness activity at the Restoration Ministries, Brittons Hill, that the disadvantages far outweigh any benefits as touted by proponents of decriminalisation.
“It’s not going to help the economy because you will still have more people at the psychiatric hospital, you’ll have some people sick from respiratory problems and cancer and heart disease. [It would] create more problems,” he contended.
Husbands said putting in place restrictions on the amount of drug that can be purchased by one individual is also not the answer since some residents have shown a propensity to do what is wrong.
On another issue, the counsellor said the decision to ban corporal punishment in schools has not worked.
He said many students are still very aggressive, and continue to tease and torment teachers.
“Total disrespect” is how Husbands described the situation.