A pressure group that advocates for the legalization of marijuana here has stopped just short of describing a campaign pledge by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to decriminalize small amounts of weed as smokes and mirrors.
Cannabis Barbados said it viewed with cynicism, the promise which appeared in the DLP’s manifesto that was launched last Thursday.
“We have been trying to initiate dialogue with the Attorney General [Adriel Brathwaite] for so long and now at the last minute it is an olive branch or some kind of branch being offered. So I would say this is a welcome stunt. I am just a little bit cynical with the timing of it,” Peter Adonijah Alleyne, the group’s founder, told Barbados TODAY.
Alleyne said he “would not come out and dismiss it as a gimmick”, as his organization preferred to wait to see if the DLP would keep its word should it be re-elected in Thursday’s general election.
However, despite his reservations, Alleyne said the pledge was a step in the right direction, stressing that “the way forward has to involve some level of decriminalization”.
He also repeated an earlier call for whichever party that emerges victorious in the May 24 general election to expunge the records of everyone who has been convicted of marijuana-related crimes, and for the “dropping of the charges of those who are currently facing charges”.
“We cannot acknowledge that this is a good thing and we want to move in that direction and at the same time have persons suffering because of it,” he said.
He promised that Cannabis Barbados was ready to assist with the formulation of a policy on marijuana regulation.