Most discussions surrounding marijuana in Barbados appear to be centred on the complete legalization of its usage. Its usage under regulation 4 of the Abuse, Prevention and Control Act calls for its legalization by high-profile persons in the society particularly within the medical and legal professions.
It has now been stated in parts of the Press that for some time now, there were laws on the statute books of Barbados for the usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes. If this is indeed a reality, then we are likely to see wider usage of this plant that is reported to be useful in pain therapy but also contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
It should be stated that the relevant section of the law mentions the words “controlled drugs” while other terms used in conventions to which Barbados is a signatory are “narcotic drugs”, “psychotropic substances” and “controlled substances”.
However, this latest development reminds of an unrelated occasion when a legally trained individual said. “ I do not break the law, I only bend the law”. When asked to explain, the person said: “When you break the law, it is like an egg; you cannot put it back together. When you bend the law, you can always straighten it out”.