Doctor Stephen King says: Legalize it!

Doctor Stephen King says: Legalize it!

Former Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Doctor Stephen King, believes that marijuana should be legalized rather than decriminalized.

“If I had my way I would legalize marijuana,” King said.

He was speaking today to Journalist, Timothy Poleon, during the Radio Caribbean International (RCI) call in programme – Newsspin.

King, an Independent Senator, asserted that if marijuana is legalized a legislative framework can be put in place to regulate its use.

He expressed the view that revenue can be generated from the herb.

That revenue, he suggested, can be used in public health education.

It was King’s opinion that the majority of people in this country have used marijuana.

“What we need is a public health approach and not a criminal response, because a criminal response drives the practice underground and leaves it unregulated, uncontrolled and hence we get the problems that we are seeing,” King said.

King stated:

“I would say legalize it and make this thing above board and provide education to make sure that young people don’t have free access to it as they do right now.”

According to him, Saint Lucia can even begin producing the type of marijuana that is not going to be as harmful.

“If people decide to use it the added benefit is that we can exploit it for medical use,” he argued.

Asked why the authorities seem reluctant to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana, King asserted that it was a matter of politics.

“Politicians do not want to do something that will hurt their popularity,” the Independent Senator declared.


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  1. The Commentator
    January 11, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Refer to the prophetic lyrics of the late Peter Tosh from his song “Legalize It” from his 1976 debut album of the same name;

    “Every man got to legalize it, and don’t criticize it
    Legalize it yeah, yeah, and I will advertise it

    Doctors smoke it, nurses smoke it
    Judges smoke it, even the lawyer too

    It’s good for the flu, a good for asthma”

  2. Margaret Lubrin Aoki
    January 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply

    History repeating itself; same argument was made in favor of the legalization of alcohol. Well if we go that way, we’ll certainly should see a decrease in the population of poor young men at the prison and an additional cash cow for the rich.

  3. Margaret Aggrey
    January 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm Reply

    You guys have nothing to do or think of. There are desperate people out there who are starving , homeless . All the poverty around the world. Go look for people who need help .and that might just make a difference to the country. Share some LOVE, towards the less unfortunate. Get off your high horse quit all the bla bla and be more constructive.

  4. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Doctor Stephen King for Prime Minister

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