‘You Can’t Ask Me To Break The Law!’ – Francis Responds To ICAR President

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National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has responded publicly to a request by the President of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR), for an exemption  to allow the organisation to send 50 pounds of marijuana to Rastafarians in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as part of a shipment of relief supplies.

The request came from ICAR President Aaron Alexander, in an April 27 letter to Francis recently.

But the minister has said that marijuana is illegal here, despite being legal in Saint Vincent for medicinal purposes.

And on Thursday, he reiterated remarks he made in an interview with Hot 7 Television News.

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“I said I was happy that he (Aaron Alexander) was sending goods and services to his people in Saint Vincent,” Francis recalled.

“I have no problem with that, but you can’t ask me to break the law,” he asserted.

“That’s ridiculous, and I am going to justify that by responding?” Francis explained.

“I am not going to respond to that,” Francis, who is also responsible for justice, declared.

“You cannot ask a Minister of Justice to break the law,” Francis stated.

However, he recalled that he has been in the forefront of ‘this marijuana thing.’

And according to the minister, he has spoken twice on the marijuana issue on ICAR platforms.

Francis has publicly supported decriminalising the herb and has pledged to work towards that end.

He disclosed that the legislation is at the office of the Attorney General being drafted.

“Until then, we don’t take any decision,” he observed.

In this regard, Francis declared that the marijuana issue has not taken a back seat.

But he told reporters that  there are more pressing matters now.

According to Francis, they involve the lives of people in connection with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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