Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A Vote For UWP Or SLP Is ‘A Vote Against Marijuana!’

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The former President of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR), Aaron Alexander, has taken issue with both major political parties here, the United Workers Party (UWP) and the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), declaring that under both administrations for decades Rastafarians have been imprisoned, brutalised and had their marijuana plantations destroyed.

“A vote for Labour or Flambeau is a vote against marijuana,” Alexander, who is the Castries Central candidate for the National Green Party (NGP) declared.

“How could somebody who supports cannabis, marijuana, in their right mind vote for either of those parties right now when you have a National Green Party who supports the cause and is pro cannabis legalisation?”

He said the Rastafarian community supports United States Senate Majority leader,  Chuck Schumer, who had proposed Federal legislation to legalise ganja.

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“We have been in favour of it for decades – it has taken a long time, yet still some people telling us ‘Don’t move so fast’,” Alexander said in a statement to St Lucia Times.

“It is our fundamental human right as far as our religion, our faith is concerned,” he stated, adding that marijuana ‘prohibition law’ has affected Rastafarians for decades.

“Our families have been destroyed, our communities have been destroyed – there’s also supposed to be a package of compensation for all the years of brutalisation done to the Rastafari community, all in the name of prohibition,” the former ICAR President asserted.

He observed that in Saint Lucia, political parties and successive governments have failed to offer the Rastafari community a simple apology for what has been done to Rastafarians.

According to Alexander, there must be deliberate attempts by any government anywhere in the world to ensure that the dignity and human rights of Rastas are respected and their communities receive help to rebuild.

He recalled that ICAR and Saint Lucia’s Cannabis Movement have put pressure on the local authorities over the marijuana issue and will continue to do so.

Alexander noted that as Saint Lucians prepare to vote for a new government on July 26, political parties have to realise that the cannabis issue must be a platform issue.

 

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