Takes more than MPS, says min­is­ter

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arts, scout­ing, guid­ing, cadets and other whole­some ac­tiv­i­ties.

“No 30 per­sons in an elected Par­lia­ment . . . or 26 per­sons in a Cab­i­net of Bar­ba­dos at the present time, can alone achieve this ob­jec­tive. The po­lice (and) armed forces all need as­sis­tance from ev­ery right­think­ing per­son in this coun­try,” Hink­son added.

The Min­is­ter also said it was up to the pub­lic to de­cide whether recre­ational mar­i­juana use should be al­lowed. He noted that as a pro­po­nent of the John Stu­art Mill util­i­tar­ian phi­los­o­phy, he be­lieved the law should only in­ter­vene when one was likely to harm oth­ers.

“If you feel like smok­ing some mar­i­juana for your own pur­poses, in small quan­ti­ties, maybe the law should not in­ter­vene, but you (the pub­lic) will de­cide whether that should be the law or not. I may have my own views,” he said, adding that Gov­ern­ment had re­cently agreed to the use of mar­i­juana and cannabis for med­i­cal pur­poses only.

“How­ever, the trad­ing and sup­ply of it for rea­sons other than med­i­cal pur­poses has to be il­le­gal, and the law will in­ter­vene,” Hink­son stressed. He pledged that Gov­ern­ment would pro­vide re­sources and man­power to main­tain law and or­der in the face of a bat­tle which it sim­ply could not af­ford to lose. (RJ)

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