Sunday 20 October, 2019

AHF says cannabis legalization will reduce gun violence

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

President of the African Heritage Foundation (AHF), Paul ’Ras Simba’ Rock has weighed in on the upsurge of gun violence affecting the country and has called on the Mottley-administration to look at the policing of marijuana as a possible solution.  

Over the last two months, there has been a record number of shootings and murders with PM Mottley suggesting that a turf war between some persons living in nearby communities was the reason for the increase.

The AHF criticized plans by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to increase man hours and put more soldiers on the street, urging police and government to address the root cause of the gun violence.  

“As we all know a gun has no power unless fired. We should be looking at what is causing the people to fire! “ 

The AHF put forward an argument for the legalization of cannabis.  

“We have said it once, twice and will continue to say it, legalize the cannabis. Allow greater access to it by all. Cut out the high street prices and the need to rob those who have managed to get through the islands borders with the plant. Research cannabis in poverty-stricken community and understand how the plant already aids in the reduction of violent crime, and how its legalization for meditational/recreational use will impact violent crime.” 

"The African Heritage Foundation is further of the opinion that if you were to do a survey on the schools the people perpetrating violent crime attended, you would see an interesting statistic.  

If we are correct in this, to help curb the spread of violent crime we need to violently dismantle this high and low school thing we call an educational system and all that goes with it. We need a totally revamped education system with a Ministry that cares and is equipped physically and mentally to do the job.” 

The AHF also criticized the slow pace at which cases are processed within the court system.  

“People also need to have access to swift justice. So if someone does something to another, you can be in court within a week and justice met out immediately if not before. Take away the need for people to take matters into their own hand.” 

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