Bermuda hints at legalisation of medical ganja

| 23/04/2014

(CNS): As politicians in the Cayman Islands continue to keep their heads well and truly buried in the sand over the question of medical marijuana, Bermuda's National Security Minister, Michael Dunkley, has announced plans by the Cabinet to address the issue of drug law reform and take a look at local policy for medicinal use. The government said it will be examining a new report as the minister has acknowledged the successful use of the drug in various treatments and in pain relief. The Cannabis Reform Collaborative (CRC), set up last year to prepare the report, has now also begun an electronic survey to canvass public opinion on the island regarding marijuana.

“It’s time to take a look at the medical use of marijuana and time to take a look at our policies. I leave it at that at this point,” said in an article in the Royal Gazette. “There are a lot of different aspects involved, whether it’s the medical process of cannabis or the stop list — some people go as far as legalisation. I want to use opportunities for medical marijuana use — we all have a heart when we are looking at people suffering and how cannabis can be utilised in treatment and pain relief.

“If we are going to make changes on how we handle it, we have to make sure we make these decisions to protect these people and protect their health.”

Despite being a conservative society, the announcement from the fellow overseas territory and similar economy reveals that Bermuda is way ahead of Cayman on the issue.

Here local MLAs have even refused to comment on record at all about the issue, despite the rising significant support in the local population not just for medical use but for licensed recreational use as well. Cannabis Cayman, which was founded by Burns Connolly to begin the discussion about medical use, is widely supported by the public but is being completed ignored by legislators.

With Jamaica pressing a head with potential export plans and massive changes in attitude towards the drug, many believe it is now a matter of when, but the sooner Cayman joins in the debate the better it will benefit from the potential massive future economic gains that will be associated with what will become a major new industry.

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  1. Skibum517 says:

    Anybody can become addicted to anything if they happen to posess an addictive type of mentality and predisposition. 

    Colorado is cashing in on millions in tax revenues, benefiting from a invigored tourism, and saving their state judicial system the efforts of prosecuting a victimless, non violent crime. All in a few months time since legalization…check into it..the facts are there to support.  

    Not to mention those with illness that are medically proven to benefit from medical marijauna…

    Your youths at Westbay are not going mad from ganja..rather their behavior is a product of wealth and the desire for wealth replacing the traditional family values that were instilled by the family unit in prior generations. 


  2. Anonymous says:

    If  anyone really want to make a decision on what are the ill effects of smoking weed or whatever name you want to call it. Just take a drive around Westbay especially in the mount pleasant area. There you can witness  how many young Caymanian men, some barely past the age of 25yrs, that have gone completely mad from smoking weed. 

    Now to make a point that most of you don't really get, ganja smoking is not for weak minded people, and my next point is when we talk about using ganja for medicinal purposes it should be taken into account that there are other ways in which it can be processed for consumption even in the form of a pill, and not as all the weed smoking addicts seem to think!  Making ganja legal for medical  purposes does not give you a license to light up anytime or anywhere. In my humble opinion cigarettes cigars and any other thing that fall into that category should be prohibited.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes it can be used to treat some medical conditions.  But it is addictive.  Ask anybody is smokes weed if they can stop it for a month no problem.  The reality is that legalising it will only cause more trouble for hospitals, physicians and pharmaceutical providers.  Wouldn't be surprised if people get robbed of their supplies.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The dealers in the US are busier than ever, under cutting the taxed legal stuff. Who would have imagined that drug dealers would stoop so low…???

    • Anonymous says:

       They undercutting those who can legally grow plants in  ther back yard? The Cartels are the only ones losing. 

  5. Anonymous says:

    Heres a little story. Lets say you have a sickness and you go to see 10 doctors. 9 out of ten doctors say you have blah blah and the way to cure it is A. But one doctor says you have blah blah but the way to cure it is B. Which one would you listen to ? i would listen to the 9 and ask the one how did he get his lisenc9 out of 10 medical professionals say there is no more harm from weed that alcohol. as far as i know all politicains in cayman drink heavily. DIdnt the education minister get buisted for DUI ? Im a caymanian and its horrible to know that we are so ignorant to some thing that EVERYONE in the world is at least LOOKING at for it medical purposes

    CNS: To clarify, the previous education minister, Rolston Anglin, was busted for DUI, not the current minister.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, but at least the former Education Minister actually did something for our children.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, he set a good example for them to follow – drunk driving, lying to the police and wasting the court's time and then discovering that God wanted him to tell the truth. Not!

  6. Anonymous says:

    come on cayman stop living in the past. Politicains so focused on the church, what happened to seperation of church and state??? Can hear the ignorant ppl now thats whats wrong with this country today no whats wrong is that politicains dont go into politics to help the country they look at it as a good job with alot of benifits. Step up to the plate legalize it fully and start to export it to the states and else where. 


  7. Anonymous says:

    Good reporting Cayman News Service- you are beacon of light in a world of bias and darkness. Please continue to run this story. It's time to make sense of our economic plight. Where is the money going to come from to patch the USD 2 billion REAL hole in our budget? Manna from Heaven??  Two economic pillars in trouble-  Cuba about to open up and over regulation and global policing and screw tightening will shrink our financial services industry which accounts for more than 50pct of GDP.   

    I would go with legalization and licensing of medical ganja any day and twice on Sundays over direct taxation which will  FINISH killing off our middle class in Cayman, or gambling – but then again we can look at Singapore and try some kind of solution to bring in much needed revenue to these islands. Come on-  the UK cannot be left holding the bag when OFCs like Cayman get into trouble with the inevitable downturn in the USA which will have a SERIOUS knock on effect on Cayman, etc. 

    And spare me the rhetoric when it comes to drugs.  This is so politicized more than people care to know or think about.  How many Latin American/ Central American drug king pins are about the place? Probably dead or in jail.  The Mafia?  Gotta rent a movie these days to see these old guys. And dont talk about the war in Afghanistan and protection of the opium trade !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Right- war on the cave dwellers-  righty ho.   Cayman better look at this and try get some revenue dollas ! from ganja (the right way of course) before like others said on this post- other countries implement and then we will be sitting at the back of the bus in a very saturated market with not much of a pie left to pay down our very bloated DEBT.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow- ganja to save our middle class?
      FYI most kingpins (even in CI) now wear suits+drive fancy cars!

  8. Anonymous says:

    CNS continues to optimistically overstate the momentum of legalization of medical marijuana for its own agenda.  A couple tiny island nations and handful of US states that have surrendered their interdiction efforts does not equate to widespread mainstream scientific endorsement.

    • Anonymous says:

      About 19 countries allow the possession and use of mariuana.

      You still don't see a change ?

      Please take the time to read about why it is still illegal in many countries and why religious people are so fanatic about it.


  9. Anonymous says:

    Would be a good idea for those who are pushing this drug disguised in the name of medicine, tomigrate to Jamaica Bermuda and where ever else that it is legalized ,then we would have a good Country.

    • Truth says:

      Either that or or you could just continue to move to different "good" countries as they turn bad for you while they turn good for others.  P.S.  drugs are medicine.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ps. Medicine does no equal good

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry Bo Bo but I do not want a medicine that turns me crazy nor makes me lazy!!!!!!

        • Anonymous says:

          Oh so this is what you want:

          very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out; agitation, hallucinations, fever, overactive reflexes, tremors; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination; or headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops; drowsiness, dizziness, tired feeling; mild nausea, stomach pain, upset stomach, constipation; sleep problems (insomnia); or decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; easy bruising;  higher risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots.

          No thanks, I'll pass on that.

          PS. I drank a few beers once. Had me in a flop sweat with blurry vision and slurred speach. Then I smoked a cigarette and feel like I was on a carnival ride the room was spinning and I felt like i was going to throw up, somewhat more agressive and  temporarily lowered inhibitions and surprisingly I also didnt feel like going to work or doing anything really constructive besides sleeping.

          Go figure that alcohol and tobacco can do that too.

  10. Anonymous says:

    meanwhile in cayman we cannot dance on a sunday……………………zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    welcome to wonderland……..

    • Anonymous says:

      You and anyone else can dance on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and you do it just the same on the following Sunday from sun rise one day to sun rise the next day in your own private setting. Public bars and nighclubs being open for loud music and dancing is not permitted during certain time, this is the rules that govern these islands, if you don't want to abide by them you know whatyou can do. Next !

      In line wanting to experience Wonderland!

  11. Anonymous says:

    The fanatic christians in this country are forcing their relgious believes on us.

    The politicians rely on church leaders to get the votes.

    You get the government you deserve, cayman.

    Always 80 years behind on the rest.


  12. Anonymous says:

    Ganja is brutal stuff. Tried it once. It was a horrible experience. Never again.

    • Anonymous says:

      I suspect someone gave you crystal meth instead of ganja.  Are you Nancy Reagan in disguise?

    • Anonymous says:

      17l17  GANJA IS BRUTAL STUFF.  What have you been smoking anyway.  I am sure it was not pure  ganja, but maybe some hyped up weed or other.

      Ganja does no have those effects on people, so stop judging the weed wrongly.  You must have been on alcohol or crack.

  13. The Fashion Police says:

    They must have been smoking something for a while now if they think those ridiculous shorts and socks look good.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sir – you clearly have no sense of style

      Pillar-box red bermuda shorts and tie is a particularly unforgettable combination

      No need to smoke anything ………..

    • The Fashion Police says:

      As the poster who normally posts under the moniker of The Fashion Police, I can assure you, as the incomparable Shaggy said not once, but many many times, "It wasn't me".  I find the Bermuda look, properly done, very stylish, when propely donel.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Forget the medical side, we. Should be look at growing it and selling to the medical suppliers in the US, we would. Solve our budget problems pretty quickly…

    • Anon says:

      Uruguay is contemplating having to source from Canada until they get their own production up to standard. As North America and Europe profit from lax drug laws, we are still in the stone age with this one.

      It's not the ganja that's the problem. People are the problem and the sooner we learn that- not just on this matter, but almost everything else- the better.

  15. Anonymous says:

    One day we will be able to smoke our herb in peace.  It's just a matter of when.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is the salvation to the budget deficit of the Cayman Islands. At the paste of this discussion is moving around the world, the contries that do not get into this first will not benefit as greatly as other that have taken advantage of the situation. Im sure that serious thought will not be given to this until it is time for the next election but if these phony politicians think that the younger community is not keeping an eye on their reaction to this subject then they better think again. I am also sure the PPM think that they can hold off on this and use it as a false promise like they did the dump issue to get into power next election. Burns Connolly has the right idea. This idea has probably been the best one brought to the table in decades.

    • Jah Dread says:

      No disrespect but I and I remember Dr Frank being the first to speak of legalization., not Mr. Connolly.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think he meant someone credible who didn't get shot in the foot in mysterious circumstances that he is not willing to disclose to the police.

  17. Anonymous says:

    My back just went.

    • Anonymous says:

      It could be correct that medical marijuana icould have positive health benefits to some, but please all of you ou tthere honking for  it should do some research on the ill effects of it.  If all of you weed heads think that it will benefit you to make it legal for medical use, you should think twice. Some of you have done lost your minds by smoking pot, giving you all medical marijuana would  be like pouring gasoline on a fire. You will not qualify.  I hope the PPM never pass a law to make it legal for medicine or otherwise.  Some of you would break into the drug stores/offices that despense it. Some of you would poison yourselves with it.

      • Bush Docta says:

        I’d rather die high than dull and uninteresting.

        • Anonymous says:

          In my experience, most people who are high, ARE dull and uninteresting

          • Anonymous says:

            In my experience, most people who capitalise whole words in sentences are dull and uninteresting.

        • Anonymous says:

          I know for a fact that i am particularly dull and unimteresting when i have been smoking weed.  that's why i gave the stuff up.


      • Anonymous says:

        I have smoked a jungle of weed in my life.  I would never think of writing "some of you have done lost your minds".  My mind is as sharp as they come.  From your post, you cannot say the same. 

      • just me says:

        You mean like sugar, fast food, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, money, sex, music and dancing or selling food on sundays?

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you perhaps mistaking cannabis for alcohol. Please list some of the "ill effects" mentioned (besides the impossible poisoning). There are numerous peer reviewed studies to prove that Cannabis is non-toxic and has medical uses. What evidence do you offer?

      • Anonymous says:

        "Some of you would break into……..poison yourselves with it."

        Meanwhile, the No. 1 and 2 gateway drugs, alcohol and cigarettes remain legal.

        Can't see what your point is here.