Cannabis Movement welcomes Branson’s ganja statement

The Cannabis Movement here has welcomed support by Sir Richard Branson during a speech in Barbados for the use of small amounts of marijuana to be legalised.

Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Atlantic.

Barbados Today quoted Branson as saying that the global fight against cannabis has been an abject failure for the last 60 years.

The billionaire businessman urged Barbadian authorities to treat the issue as a health rather than a criminal matter.

He asserted that there had been no increase in the use of cannabis in countries where the drug has been legalised.

Cannabis Movement spokesman, Andre ‘Pancho’ Decaires  in welcoming  Branson’s statement, told the Times that  for many years the Virgin Group founder has been an advocate for legalising marijuana.

“He is a user and he is not embarrassed or ashamed to say that,” Decaires observed.

He expressed the view that Sir Richard would like to see the whole Caribbean change regulations regarding cannabis.

The Cannabis Movement has been in the forefront of moves to decriminalise marijuana in Saint Lucia.

Speaking about progress in that regard, Decaires was of the view that Saint Lucia is ahead of Jamaica on the issue.

He recalled that just last month, the Jamaica government  had been criticised by a leading proponent of marijuana policy reform.

According to founder and outgoing head of the United States-based Drug Policy Alliance and former Harvard and Princeton academic, Dr Ethan Nadelmann, the development of the ganja industry in Jamaica continues to stall.

Nadelmann was of the view that Jamaica is missing out on significant economic opportunities while other nations proceed expeditiously.

He called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to take the reins in developing the country’s legal ganja industry or risk embarrassment.

The Cannabis Movement spokesman said that since Jamaica has ‘stalled’  on the marijuana issue, this gives Saint Lucia an opportunity to take the lead in the region.


  1. Anon1
    May 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Mr Decaires, St Lucia is no where near Jamaica on the issue.

    Regardless of Jamiaca’s pause St Lucia will still not surpass Jamaica.

    Congratulations on all the hard work you’ve put in and continue too.

    Hopefully with someone as prominent as Sir Branson (and the fact that he is Caucasian) making the above comments our politicians will see beyond just Tourism as the ONLY industry which could bring jobs and social stability to St Lucia.

    Make no mistake though, Sir Branson is also looking at it from a business point of view. He’s been lobbying in the UK for years and has already put in application for a licence to mass produce this miracle plant.

    What’s also ironic is that the UK Government already cultivates Cannabis for medicinal and research purposes. However they’re dragging their feet on decriminalisation, they use it like a political football.

  2. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Way to go Branson. Woop Woop

  3. 666
    May 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Government doesn’t know how to make money.

  4. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    One thing st.Lucians pushing for weed to be legalized so they can do their nastiness with it…st Lucia does not have a system which can deal with the implementation of legal weed. The bleed thing is detrimental to the brain,and that’s a fact… When legal weed start getting into the hands of the youth,what’s going to be the outcome of dead brain cell teenagers, or even weed being smuggled to other countries…not everything other countries do we must follow..

  5. Anonymous
    May 9, 2017 at 4:00 am

    The lawyers and doctors smoke weed just like the ghetto youtes