The Chairman of the Cannabis Movement, Andre ‘Pancho’ Decaires, has accused the Allen Chastanet administration of disgraceful, unprofessional conduct in relation to moves to marijuana law reform.
In a hard-hitting statement to Cabinet Secretary, Ben Emmanuel, Decaires recalled that the Cannabis Movement had submitted a white paper as requested by the Saint Lucia cabinet at a meeting last year.
“We greed to a follow up meeting. So far we cannot get in contact with any of the ministers. There’s been no response,” an obviously incensed Cannabis Movement Chairman observed.
“Please remember this was a campaign promise – the cabinet went on political platforms and promised the people of Saint Lucia. We are now three years in and not a move has been made Mr. Emmanuel. This is disgraceful and most unprofessional by this cabinet,” Decaires declared.
Decaires has noted in the past that marijuana law reform was a campaign promise made by the current administration.
He said that apart from having been a campaign promise, the move is supported by the opposition and the Police Welfare Association.
“It was advised by the PERMANDU consultants who were paid $13 million to advise the government and here we are – St Kitts has gone ahead, St Vincent has gone ahead, Antigua has gone ahead. It was never a campaign promise by any of these governments,” Decaires stated.
He said he and members of the Cannabis Movement feel completely insulted by the current government.
“I try to call you, you don’t call back. We would very much appreciate an update. This is getting very ridiculous,” Decaires stated.
He explained that as Chairman of the Cannabis Movement, he has been very polite and respectful.
“Next month it’s three years. My patience is running out. I would appreciate and my members would appreciate some sort of professional response,” Decaires said in the statement to the Cabinet Secretary, made available to St Lucia Times.