Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia, Seth Ampadu, believes that this country is not ready for the legalisation of marijuana.
“We are looking at the financial aspect of it – the income that it will bring into the country and some people who are pushing for it are thinking of the religious aspect,” Ampadu told St Lucia Times.
But he expressed the view that enough thought has not been given to the social aspect of legalising ganja, including the negative effect it will have on young people.
“We are thinking that we are going to legalise it, which means that when you are using it for any purpose you cannot be arrested and for me, that is wrong,” the Methodist Minister declared.
He expressed the view that appropriate measures need to be put in place.
“We are not ready for that,” Ampadu said in regard to legalising marijuana.
He said in countries like Canada, control measures are in place.
“So, you should ask yourself ‘Do we have measures in place in order to control, so that our young people will not abuse it?'”
“Sometimes when you pass in certain communities you see some of these young people smoking marijuana. Now that we are thinking of legalising it, look at the abuse and the effect on our society,” he said.
“I think we need to take our time. We need to put measures in place so that if we are legalising it, we know who are going to use it – when and where, in order to bring sanity into our community,” the Methodist Minister told St Lucia Times.