Dickerson To Be Replaced As PLP Candidate

November 28, 2012

Following the recent news of his marijuana possession, Makai Dickerson has “decided to step down as a candidate.”

In September of this year Mr Dickerson was caught with a small amount of marijuana after being stopped by the police at a checkpoint. It came to the public’s attention within the past week, and according to Minister Wayne Perinchief the party was unaware, and were “shocked and surprised” when it came to their notice in recent days.

Mr Dickerson said: “After much reflection, I have decided to step down as a candidate. I do this because this election is too important and my personal shortcomings shouldn’t cause any further distractions for my party and the voters of Bermuda during this important time.

“I appreciate that my party supports me and offered to give me a second chance but I believe that the future of our country is at stake and I don’t want my personal situation causing unnecessary problems for my party.

“I would like to thank all those who have supported and continue to support me. I ask that you continue to support me through your support of the Progressive Labor Party as I will continue to stand strong with them because they stand strong for you.

“To my fellow young people, I encourage you to learn from my mistake. Be accountable for your actions. Take responsibility for the situations you allow yourself to be placed in. One simple act can call into question your integrity and be a hindrance to all you have worked for.”

Mr Dickerson was scheduled to challenge OBA Leader Craig Cannonier in Constituency #12 Devonshire South Central. A PLP spokesman has advised that a candidate for C#12 will be announced tomorrow.

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  1. See Ya!!! Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!!

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  2. About Time says:

    About Time

    Thanks Premier for FINALLY taking a good decision

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    • Webster says:

      now the premier needs to get rid of commisiong, how the hell do we end up with such candidates ?

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    • Spot the Cog competition says:

      Premier did't make this decision.

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    • Ride says:

      The Premier takes on very little risk and demonstrates the application of very little power in having forcing Dickerson out. He is new to the candidate line up; was thrown into a constituency he has very little hope of winning; does not have a hardcore following in the Party that would fight against his removal and/or plan and execute reprisals.

      What would demonstrate that she is in control of things is taking on the risk and exercising the power to have the likes of Leroy Bean (whom she strongly publicly announced she wanted out one week but was praising his candidacy the next) and Rolfe Commissiong (second only in this racial divisiveness to Dr. Brown) out of the candidate line up.

      She'll get no praise from me for ousting Dickerson. That is what is expected in most modern political parties. You get no fanfare for doing what you are suppose to do; for taking on no risk.

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  3. Moms Gingerbread says:

    Another nail in the PLP coffin, soooo screwed

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  4. Bermydude says:

    About time!! Now that we know that Mr. Dickerson is ----, the police can lock him up!!

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    • Yes Aye says:

      Why would the police lock him up. Hundreds of people are given cautions for possession and never get a criminal record.

      This is just the OBA up to tricks, but as we heard on the news their candidates are a bunch of weedos.

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    • M.E.L says:

      You know what, you are a stupid person. He is not a druugie, in fact he has taken a drug test and been cleared. He has done nothing wrong. For you to say something like that is only proving that you are a very corrupt person

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      • elementary says:

        I wonder how much that cost him? Fact of the matter is he was caught with illegal drugs on his possession and that's a crime in accordance with the laws here!

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      • Ringmaster says:

        So by passing a test you are not guilty of breaking the law as it stands? The PLP has had 14 years to correct this stupity regarding marijuana but hasn't because they fear the Church Vote. The PLP are chicken and yellow. Just like their stance on gambling.

        If the PLP win they will change the laws, but daren't say it before so as not to upset the church vote. Listen Church Vote - the PLP are deceiving you. To the rest of Bermuda - they are deceiving you too.

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      • youngbermudian says:

        so because he has been cleared then everything gets dropped? i wonder how many of those young bermudians that have had their futures ruined because of similar instances could have passed a drug test.

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      • Mad Dawg says:

        So let me get this straight. He got caught in September. He gets a drug tests in late November, and if it's clear he gets let off?

        If that's true it stinks. It's pure corruption.

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        • Nurse says:

          If he smoked in September then yes it will still be in his system in November.Therefore if he passed the test then clearly he has not been using.

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        • LOL (original TM*) says:

          THC stays in the system for 90days but things like gold seal can help speed the time up so him taking a test now means nothing.............

          LOL

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      • Anbu says:

        No u r the stupid one. Do u know how easy it is to pass a damn piss test?! The guy got caught weeks before he admitted it. He had plenty of time to detox. Take a hair sample and retest it. Then if he comes out clean his character can be cleared. Until them it's an absolute joke. Idiots

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  5. Ryan says:

    More turmoil in the PLP! How many candidates have stepped down now? Three? Plus Phil Perinchief. Plus the party's chairman.

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    • haha says:

      The Party chairman did not step down and Phil Perinchief has not stepped down. He wasn't anything to step down from.

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      • Ryan says:

        Ahem.
        "Phil Perinchief resigns from PLP"
        http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121109/NEWS01/711099910

        "PLP chairman Anthony Santucci to step down at party conference"
        http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121009/NEWS01/710099910

        I rest my case. An imploding party.

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        • Itsaboutallofus says:

          Ryan,

          you are probably the same Ryan who posted the false rumor on facebook about alexis swan's car.

          Anyway, resigning his membership doesnt mean that Phil Perinchief stepped down from anything. He wanted to run as an INdependent, so that is normal procedure.

          Second, instead of being a know it all, you would do research. All PLP Executive positions were up for grabs, and the Chairman indicated he wouldnt be running again. he was not stepping down in advance of anything.

          Stop posting propaganda mate...u get caught out all the time.

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          • Ryan says:

            'Itsaboutallofus,'

            I have no idea which Ryan you are referring to, or any incident regarding "Ms. Swan's car" on Facebook (I do not even use Facebook). Care to enlighten me?

            Perhaps, had you you not made assumptions, you would not have been faced with the prospect of having to retract your original statement.

            Any by the way, Mr. Perinchief stated clearly "I believe my party are not getting on with the core principles that caused me to join the PLP." Whether you wish to deny it or not, there is obviously a rift going on within the PLP.

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        • Mad Dawg says:

          I think Ryan won that one. In fact, he owns your ass.

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    • Yes Aye says:

      What the hell are you talking about?

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  6. Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

    obama smoked weed to as a young man and so did many more...did that prevent him from becoming the p. of the u.s. of a...? jus goes to show the insignificance of marijuana...you'all are a joke...lock him up you say..? you should be locked away for the way you think.

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    • Keturah says:

      Was Obama smokin weed when he was elected? That's the difference

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    • Beefin' It Squeal...5Meal! says:

      You have no clue what you're talking about. Not only is marijuana responsible for 72% of teenage pregnancies as indicated by Statistics Canada, but it leads to 46 types of tongue cancer.

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      • Observant says:

        Marijuana is responsible for 72% of teen pregnancies? You obviously didn't attend the same sex-ed classes that I did...

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      • elementary says:

        On the other hand it's medicinal and has far fewer side effects that artificial drugs that are probably causing damage to your DNA. In relation to cigarettes and nicotine a legal taxable drug the comparisons are obvious similarly in relation to alcohol, another taxable drug...how strange.

        With respect to marijuana being responsible for 72% of teenage pregnancies it's most likely 100% caused by sex!

        And just in case you're about to go on about its use leading on to stronger drugs. If it were decriminalized the majority of people would never be exposed to hard drugs.

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      • Come Correct says:

        Haha some people kill me. Marijuana is responsible for 72% of teenage pregnancies lol? Yet apparently it causes impotency...no, people are 100% responsible for their pregnancies no matter what age. My god, go read a book.

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      • AGREED says:

        LOL that’s HILARIOUS...I needed a good laugh to wake me up this morning...72% of pregnancies caused by marijuana...LOLOL thank you!

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      • Anbu says:

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! Omg that is the funniest statistic on herb I've heard so far. Go smoke a spliff bie!!!! Hahahaha

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    • Yes Aye says:

      Exactly. Makai made the Right decision. He's a bigger man than the hypocrites in the OBA!

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      • elementary says:

        He's a muppet, wait for the next puppet video to be released.

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      • 32n64w says:

        Please explain. The OBA candidates have agreed to and are therefore subject to independent random drug testing. Where is the hypocrisy of which you speak?

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    • Barracuda says:

      You don't even know the whole story, he didn't resign because of the weed.

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    • Free says:

      How long ago was that? Obama also didn't lie and say he was holding it for a friend. Maybe Makai should bring out his crayons and draw a cartoon about this.

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      • M.E.L says:

        Neither did Makai, he was not lying and if you were a smart person, you would realise that you know nothing about this matter. He took a drug test and passed, so he oviously wasnt using it.

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        • Free says:

          If I was a smart person I would realize? I am a smart person and I can detect lies and spin when I see it. If he did nothing wrong he wouldn't be stepping down. Simple.

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          • M.E.L says:

            If you were a smart person you would realise, that if the plp ask you to resign you have to. He cannot say certain things because of the PLP not letting him, but I sure can

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            • Free says:

              Well if he's resigning then he can say whatever the hell he wants to, no? Who are you? All you are is an anonymous user posting like everyone else. Your comment literally means nothing.

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              • status! says:

                @free---resigning from being a politicalcandidate is not the same thing..he hasn't resigned from the party

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        • 32n64w says:

          Sorry - exactly where we're the results of an independent drug test posted again?

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    • Shawn S says:

      Keepin' it Real...4Real, with all due respect you dont know whats real.

      1.President Obama on his on will told the people that he had smoke weed.

      2.He had smoke the weed when he was in college not while running for Congress Or The Presidency. Like Mr. Dickerson was doing.

      3.I agree with you some what it should have nothing to do with you if you did it in the past, but to be doing it currently no.

      4. Why are all these MP so scared to anwser the simple question have you smoked weed before.

      5. What type of talk is "you should be locked away for the way you think"? I really hope you didnt mean that.

      6.And now the pictures of gang signs.

      Have a good one all.

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      • M.E.L says:

        First of all he did not hold up a gang sign. It was the A-OK sigh with his best friend who has passed away (sort of like their secret hand shake), The media has gone too far with this one, and once again I state he was not using weed.

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    • DarkSideOfTheMoon says:

      I thought Obama did coke...

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  7. M.T. Pockets says:

    I have much respect for Mr Dickerson making this decision to stand down. It says a lot for his character. It is the right thing to do at this time, perhaps he can stand again in another 4 or 5 years.

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  8. Awake says:

    @Keepin' it real: "Obama smoked weed to (sic) as a young man and so did many more"...SMOKED is PAST TENSE! Mr. Dickerson denied the marijuana was his! Really? Do you drive around with a cigarette box stuffed with weed in your pocket that belongs to a "friend"? I guess with friends like that, Makai needs some new ones! Funny how, had this happened to an OBA candidate, the BE2012 FB page would be lit up like a Christmas tree!

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  9. 4Dppl says:

    Closing quotation mark needed at the end of the second to last paragraph.

    and well done Dickerson, tip of the cap to you. Too bad you blanked up... but in the long run its good for all of us - we can't be giving responsibility to someone who first tries to lie their way out of a bad situation. Whether ganja should be legalized or not is besides the point - those in a position of (potential) power should take their roles seriously at home and at work. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

    lets go BDA!

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  10. Ringmaster says:

    Looks like Julian Hall's comment that the PLP is a slow moving train wreck is coming to fruition.

    Where is the PLP vision, with costs, for Bermuda's recovery from the destruction caused by the PLP? Rather difficult since the PLP do not accept they are part of the problem.

    Standing strong, standing still, going nowhere, and a Party of no hope.

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    • M.E.L says:

      who is that party of no hope, it must be the OBA

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      • 32n64w says:

        $1,500,000,000 and growing by the day is clear evidence of the party with no hope.

        Where is the PLP's plan to right Bermuda's ship and related economic well being?

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    • S.O.L. says:

      well dreamer if u recall your U.B.P, O.B.A party or wateva u wanna call them was the ones who sent Bermuda off the fiscal cliff, took away tech school, cedarbridge over budget and behind time, incinerator secondhand and didn't work and had to be fixed on taxpayers $$$$$$,Bermudians said no to megaschool but they built it anyway, and last but nowhere least remeber tourism minister back then "The hell with tourism we're going where the $$$$ is international business......plus a whole lot more.....

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      • 32n64w says:

        I think S.O.L.'s moniker actually stands for Stretched Over the Limit because his or her recollection sof the referenced 'history' is entirely elastic and untrue.

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        • S.O.L. says:

          well let's face it wat u don't no won't hurt....But these facts are true

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          • S.O.L. says:

            Besides 32n64w must of just moved to Bermuda if u can't recall the refernced history as u say...P.S... str8up i don't have nothing against non-Bermudians....

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      • Back to Life, Back to Reality says:

        So if Bermuda say no to Megaschool it it was such a bad idea - then why did your PLP governemnt decide to build a second one and at 50 MILLION over budget.

        Maybe the UBP focused on International business and it was working for Bermuda. PLP managed in 13
        years to DESTROY both! And if was so bad , what did the PLP do to improve tourism?? Forget to sign cruise ship contracts resulting in 12 fewer ships next year, imploding hotels, close down goldf courses? Or was it the brilliant Faith Based Tourism plan, the Mariah Carey concert that attracted about two dozen people. Defend all that you want - the numbers don't lie.

        International Business - Down
        Tourism - Way Down.
        National Debt - Way Up
        Unemployment - Way UP
        Education Results - Down

        THe only glimmer of hope the PLP has had with Tourism has been with the current Minister - and wasn't he the leader of the Former UBP. So if he and his Party were so bad and so against Tourism - why make the leader of that same party Minister of Tourism.

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  11. 4Dppl says:

    Actually make that: a closing quotation mark is needed at the end of paragraphs 3-6.

    Apologies if I am wrong but it certainly looks off.

    "just sayin"

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  12. So, Makai Dickerson gets busted for weed, loses his career and public respect and then crawls on his knees in an act of meek and apologetic subjugation to the higher authorities.

    “To my fellow young people, I encourage you to learn from my mistake" - oh, how moving NOT. The only mistake that you made was getting yourself arrested. Don't you think that it would be a better idea, as a pot smoker and come out in favor of legalizing weed in Bermuda?

    You don't have anything to lose any more - but you sure have a lot to gain by joining the legalization movement and standing your ground by saying that you believe that weed should be legalized. Only THEN will you be able to redeem yourself from this ridiculous public shame that the law has brought upon you. Please consider.

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    • M.E.L says:

      Jayelle Farmer, you really dont have a clue about what is going on, there are things that would prove his case true, but the PLP wont let him say them, however you should stay tuned in the next couple of days because, now he probably will say them.

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      • SMDH says:

        M.E.L surely you are not suggesting the PLP are curtailing his freedom of speech?

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        • LOL (original TM*) says:

          Or blocking the truth and therefor protecting the real guilty party are you?

          LOL

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      • 32n64w says:

        Ok so are you saying the PLP are actively suppressing the truth? Ok, that actually makes sense.

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      • @ M.E.L The points that i was making, about this guy, essentially boil down to one thing -

        WHY BE A DEFEATED COWARD WHEN YOU CAN BE A VICTORIOUS HERO?

        >but the PLP wont let him say them...

        Duh. If that is true, then he is conceding wwwaaayyy too much of his cognitive freedom.

        >however you should stay tuned in the next couple of days because, now he probably will say them.

        I hope you are right M.E.L - I hope he does see the light (sic) change his mind and get active for the cause of cannabis use legalization in Bermuda.

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        • Opressed says:

          Oh, I get it, the EVIL white man planted it on him, yeah, that's it, everyone will believe that.

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  13. Navin Johnson says:

    Makai is not Barack Obama...he will now disappear ...certainly he did not write his final speech

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  14. Yella says:

    That is so true Keeping' it Real...4Real. Everybody has tried or even been around ppl that smoked marijuana

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  15. VJ says:

    All the best in the future Mr Dickerson. I hope and pray that you get this message and know that there are people that support you and wish you well. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of you as you have so much potential....Bless!!

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  16. Mad Dawg says:

    They're in a mess aren't they. Self-inflicted. That's what happens when you choose candidates badly.

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  17. Tricks are For Kids says:

    @ Keeping it Real....Thank you!!!!!

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  18. Truth is killin' me... says:

    4Real...it's illegal A$$!!!

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  19. Real Talk says:

    Keep your head way up family u are good people. Those of us that know you know how dedicated and hard u work in the community for free. It's so sad how our fellow Bermudians can see u in a pic with your best n now deceased friend (who was not a gang member)and talk sh#t. I'm watching the news n all the Old Backward Asses (OBA) say how they were all drug tested. SO WHAT!!! Let's keep it real.IT WAS JUST A 2 PAPER......

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  20. Facts not applied correctly says:

    Yes, President Obama smoked weed and other things. The difference was he declared it in advanced and came clean. Mr. Dickinson did not share any of this information with PLP prior.

    Obama smoked but did not get caught unlike Mr. Dickinson.

    PLP should think about having a vetting process for their candidates which can include but not limited to a police backgroud check, drug test, etc.

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  21. Truth (Original) says:

    Mackai, this wasn't "a mistake". Either you knew it was there or you didn't. If you didn't, you were framed and you should be naming names. At the very least you knew the company you were in and you made a poor decision to be in possession of a controlled/illegal substance and you were caught. Simple.

    Our MPs should all be drug tested. Both, in power and opposition. The fact that the PLP refuses to do this is telling, I believe. That, in conjunction with how the party supported Charles Richardson's refusal to present a clean "I am drug free" certificate, when he ran in Warwick.

    The PLP needs a good cleaning. politically and perhaps physically.

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    • M.E.L says:

      Makai did not smoke weed, you A$$

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      • Truth (Original) says:

        I never said he did.

        It must be difficult to eat with your foot in your mouth.

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      • LOL (original TM*) says:

        Sorry dude you can't prove that .....unless you were there.......... are you saying he has never smoked weed?.......you word means nothing here STFU you making this look much worse for your mate..................

        LOL

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    • M.E.L says:

      and he was drug tested and he passed

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  22. Truth says:

    If you need drugs to boost your day you got issues period!

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  23. Wow says:

    This is really sad! Makai I had really high hopes that you wouldn't allow this to cause you to throw everything you worked so hard for away. Very saddened by this. You ppl talking about jail need to ease up. If you knew the quantity of marijuana he had on him, you'd know that he can't get locked up for it!

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  24. REALLY! says:

    @WOW sounds like you were the friend that got him in this situation. Because as far as I know. He is not even suppose to be discussing the case, or the evidence against him. So small quantity can be a paper twist to sprinkles in the box.

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  25. Concerned young person says:

    You shoulda kept on running for your spot, cause yu smoke herb don't make you any less of a person. I bet majority of the people commenting smoke herb too. Bout time we get up and stand for our rights! Name one person who was great and didn't smoke herb.... Exactly

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  26. Dee (Original) says:

    All you people running your mouths need to examine your own self first! You all act like you tell the truth 100% of the time. The man made a mistake and he did the right thing and people are still bashing him. None of you are perfect so shaddup!!!

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  27. M.E.L says:

    Mr. Dickerson, has done nothing wrong, all of you people saying he should go to jail and crap, really dont have a clue. He is not doing weed, nor was he. He has taken a drug test to prove this, the only reason he hasnt said this is because the PLP wont let him. So all of you hypocrites out there, need to get a clue, before you start talking about someone.

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    • Ha! says:

      So having an ILLEGAL substance on your person, whether it was yours or not, is not doing anything wrong?? And this is the type of person you want to help run your country?

      Maybe you should join the PLP....

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  28. Vote For Me says:

    He was forced to resign by the cog in the wheel...I don't what took so long..if this happened many years ago ok but it just happened so there's no prove it wouldn't happen again..

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  29. dthtoo/ says:

    You can tell who the white racists are by their vile comments. Nvr mnd ur d s k.

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    • M.E.L says:

      you can too.

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    • Barracuda says:

      you are just crying cause your beloved PLP are falling one by one, there are no vile comments , just your vile racist interpretation.

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    • Bullseye says:

      How do you tell the black racists then?

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    • tim says:

      amazing that a black man aspiring to be a leader gets caught breaking the law and automatically anyone that has anything against this the situation is a racists.

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      • Ha! says:

        Throwing out the race card is an easy defense. If we all stop entertaining such comments maybe they will stop and we can finally move forward....

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  30. Ringmaster says:

    Now he can devote 100% of his time in creating stupid cartoons and puppet videos. Can't wait for his next one. It really shows up the mentality of the PLP.

    Suggestion. If the PLP want to attract white voters, have at least one white person in your advertsing. Oh wait, no point because all the PLP do is attack, not carry any positive message of their achievement (banning smoking in restaurants).

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  31. tim says:

    Hopefully this will be the last we hear of him. He should take this time to reflect, grow up and further his education.

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  32. M.E.L says:

    This is my last cooment of the night, the media is corrupt, you hypocrites are corrupt,and Makai is innocent

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  33. Same S@@@ says:

    Only thing Mr. Dickerson done wrong was step down..Just because he cleared a drug test does not mean he was not smokeing there are hundreds of ways to pass a drug test.If every MP and others in a position of power had enough courage to be honest about what they do when no ones looking we would not have this discussion..Who cares if Obama smoked weed we all know now he has changed his mind about how he feels about legalizeing weed..If we only focus on the fact people are geting caught smokeing or selling it we will never get anywhere..Weed has 4999 other ways to use it besides SMOKEING!!!!!

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  34. Keturah says:

    I think the overall point everyone is trying to make is that they're all fed up and want change from this government. So tired of the negativity.

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  35. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Maybe he doesn't smoke , but he sure got weeded out ! Now PLP let's get ready to roll !

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  36. Itsaboutallofus says:

    Makai...this too shall pass...it is sad the levels people will go to try and destroy people...

    But there is a certain thing called Karma..

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  37. S Brown says:

    Ok, so Makai got caught with a some herb and he stepped down. OK so be it.

    NOw here is the problem I have with people online criticizing him. Makai has been involved in his community regarding sports, culture (member of a Gombey troupe) and he is genuinely concerned with helping at youth risk (been involved in Mirrors program since its inception).

    So let me get this straight... critics would ignore all of this due to one mistake? So if people are quick to discredit years of positive involvement over one small lapse of judgement what does that say about us as a society?

    What is the point of encouraging people to turn their lives around if they will forever be judged and scrutinized over past transgressions? What is the point of rehabilitation if society does not accept you?

    Makai all the best in your endeavours, stay true to yourself.

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    • 32n64w says:

      Um ... his remarks appear to say otherwise.

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    • @ S Brown

      >So let me get this straight… critics would ignore all of this due to one mistake? So if people are quick to discredit years of positive involvement over one small lapse of judgement what does that say about us as a society?

      Unfortunately, that's how politics work - one mistake with drugs, and you're finished.

      Any criticism of this guy on here by us lot is just ephemeral blog-type convo. The repercussions of his loss of political office and public personna will be with him for years to come - unless he has the guts to reverse his comments and use the current momentum to call for legalization in Bermuda.

      People will not remember all the good stuff he did with youth work etc. When a politician goes down, he goes down hard. Only his marijuana offense will be remembered against him, unless - I repeat - unless he has the guts to reverse his comments and use the current momentum to call for legalization in Bermuda.

      Given his dire circumstances, WHAT ELSE CAN HE DO, TO TURN THIS AROUND?

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      • Plato says:

        'Unfortunately, that’s how politics work – one mistake with drugs, and you’re finished.'
        Not really if he was cut from the same cloth as E.Brown he would have spun this and got in power.

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  38. realist says:

    lol tonuge cancer what a count weed never kill nobody prescribtion drugs kill and damage people bodies but they are legal and you all consider weed so bad because it illegal its only a illegal drug because companies those who really run the world cannot patent it and make money off it and its multiple upon multiple good purposes it can be used for i.e. health gas clothing i encourage any of you who have a problem with weed to really do some real research on this natural god given plant to bash it is to bash its creator our creator so think about that all of you and on the gang accusations makai is young somerset man so indeed he is gona interact and know people of all walks of life isint a politians job to interact with the people regardless of what lyfestyle a person may lead you cannot allow the devils of media use this to damage a very good candidate to represent our country this is merely an attempt to break down the continuation of generations to come and lead our coutry and if research was done on our present senior politicians past we will see that no person is without sin he without sin can cast the first stone......

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  39. Ringmaster says:

    Makai, like many, many people (in Bermuda) has been caught up in the archaic and draconian laws regarding possession of small amounts of marijuana. It is a victimless crime yet carries substantial after effects.

    What is sad here is that the PLP have been in power for 14 years with MPs enjoying the benefits and money, but have not addressed such matters. Why hasn't the PLP of all people seriously looked into this matter? To scared of losing "the church vote"? Too bad, do what's best for Bermuda and its people. Blame the church vote then for why so many of Bermuda's population have been denied getting an education abroad because of the US Stop List.

    "Bermuda" needs to get some backbone and sort this matter out very soon.

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  40. Observant says:

    I have no objection to the recreational use of marijuana; when I was younger I smoked it as well. HOWEVER...if you are in a position to possibly become an elected official, you don't do anything illegal. And, last time I looked, possession was still illegal. He was in possession...End of story.

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  41. HardTalk says:

    Makei Dickerson and John Gibbons. Two examples of the PLP 'doing more with less!' I hear the Premiere may announce a new candidate as soon as tomorrow, so far 3 strong candidates, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

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  42. Mad Dawg says:

    Perhaps he can use the spare time he will now have to come to terms with the idea that a nice looking woman might also be smarter than him.

    Hopefully now that the story is out and his attempts to get off didn't work, the police and justice system will ensure that he is treated the same as, say, a tourist found concealing he same substance.

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  43. MA O6 says:

    I happen to know Makai personally and not only is he a man of integrity but a man that loves this god forsaken country! He messed up so what show me someone who hasn't made any mistakes! He has been man enough to own up to them and accept whatever consequenses may come his way! Is he making excuses for his actions NO is trying to sugar coat the situation NO! He stated the facts and facts are all that matters! Kai don't let these ignorant ppl stop you from doing what you love! Remember this mistake only exsist in the conversation you allow it to.

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    • Truth (Original) says:

      You need to look up the definition of mistake. He didn't make a mistake, he made a poor decision.

      He should have known better.

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    • Mad Dawg says:

      He is making excuses YES
      He is blaming others YES
      He was hoping it would go away YES

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    Pass me a mariwani cigar please Minister Dickerson

    PLPs pathetic leadership is now a real joke

    COX MUST GO

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  45. realist says:

    46 types of tongue cancer my dear i do not know one person who died from smoking weed all their life not one person do you? i do not know any one person rushed to the hospital from smoking too much weed take too much advils or too much liquor end up in a body bag smoke weed make love one love the blind will one day see as i do once the smoke clears on my wiz khalifa haha say what you like the lord will not scorn me for sharing the cully and love all the people of the world trust and believe weed breaks race barriers adding to the race conversation think about it

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    • Back to Life, Back to Reality says:

      @realist - Hooked on Phonics - worked for me!

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    • SMDH says:

      Clearly impairs your ability to find the period button on the keyboard though.

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    • Goose says:

      It's incoherent rambling like this that discredits the push for a loosening of marijuana prohibition.

      If you want marijuana decriminalised you are going to have to come out with a credible statement of support and show that you've thought out your argument offering both pros and cons, and offering rebuttal of the cons.

      "i want weed to be legal becuz the great jah came down from heaven on the forth day and made weed for man i dont think man can ban a plant that grows and bie stop yuh fullishness with weed causin cancer and sh*t it grows and its natural so it cant cause cancer because jah put it here for us to enlighten our spiritual selves and errywun smokes it anyway so why ban it if you hate weed you are a heathen"

      That's not the way to present an argument while expecting to gain any traction whatsoever with the current anti-marijuana establishment. You're doing more harm than good to the cause by lowering the perception of what is expected from a marijuana advocate. You ensure that those of us who substitute a spliff for a glass of wine when we get home from a harsh day at work are judged to be as confused as your post is.

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  46. Bliss says:

    Alcohol is a drug too,but that is OK,because everybody drinks, ALCOHOL is the cause for must accidents on the road, NOT MARIJUANA.

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    • Back to Life, Back to Reality says:

      Alcohol is easily detected in an accident and often tested for - the same is not true of weed. Would you feel safe if the pilot ofthe plane you were flying on was high? Would you let your kids be driven by someone that was high on weed? Both are bad for you and are bad ideas -period. If you can't deal with your problems or "function" without alcohol or weed - well you have real issues that neither will go away. Most people QUIT taking drugs when they GROW UP because they mature and learn to cope instead of masking their problems. Sadly many never grow up or give themselves a true chance at learning how to cope with reality and lifes problems.

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    • Ha! says:

      difference is that alcohol is LEGAL!

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  47. Furby says:

    Makai resigns over a little weed, yet Leroy Bean is still a candidate?
    The world is upside down

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  48. St. D says:

    Thank you Bernews for showing us all what rubbish us Bermudians can talk about. Makai, I hope you did offer to step down versus being asked to as that is the right thing to do regardless of all the talk. You will gain from doing the right thing in the long run.

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  49. only bermuda says:

    We are only a joke to ourselves. we are a island run by amateurs. the government needs to be disolved. we need true leadership. This is all a f@#%&ing joke. stop discussing people that dont matter. Not one candidate, neither plp or oba deserve a breath of this island. just give it up. how much would we sacrifice to put them all in jail and end all this bull#%&*.

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  50. Smokey says:

    Earn up to what youve done and suffer the consequence. Your young and can come back again.He who feels it knows it. Take this experience and use it to help others.Only Jah knows why you are in this situation,and you must find your true calling.Look within and you will find it. By being picked as a canadite you already posess good qualities.Dont let this pebble stop your river from flowing. Stand firm and hope to hear from you in the future.Rastafari bless!

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  51. Familiar says:

    I kind of feel sorry for Mr. Dickerson. I don't know if the weed was his, or not, or if he smoked it, or not. And really I don't think it matters. What matters is that it was found on his person by the police, and it is illegal to have it in your possession. Knowingly, or unknowingly, he broke the law and as a budding politician he had to realise how bad this was going to look for him.

    I don't know if he told the powers that be at the PLP or not before they rolled out his candidacy but it's this which concerns me.

    If he didn't tell the powers that be in the PLP, it was a big mistake on his part, perhaps a consequence of his youth.

    If he did tell the powers that be in the PLP, and they chose to keep it quiet, it says a great deal about the PLP in their willingness to lie, in this case by omission, about one of their candidates and brings into question what else we have not been told.

    I do hope Mr. Dickerson will put some hard thought about his friendship with someone who he has said let him carry illegal drugs without his knowledge. I hope he works hard so that something like this does not happen again and that his future endeavours in the political world go better.

    I may not be a fan of the PLP, but I can't fault a young Bermudian who is trying to do well in this world.

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    • Verbal Kint says:

      This has got to be the only place on Earth that considers a 30-year old a "youth". Although, knowing 30-year olds here, that may be a correct assessment of their maturity.

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  52. Craig looby says:

    He should not have resigned.....he should have taken the lead and lead the call to end prohibition....politicians are not ending prohibition because they are protecting the profits of organized crime.

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  53. Katlyn says:

    I have read all the remarks above,I'm not going to blame OBA not going to bring up colour,not going to say should have,could have, or police are to blame,he said it was not his...Yadda,yadda.

    The fact is when you do something stupid,you pay a stupidity tax for it! Own it be accountable and move on

    When one say's I'm sorry that is it " sorry"..If one say's I'm sorry,but.along with a reason.... then it loses the intent of sorry.

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  54. Sandgrownan says:

    Have to say, other than him being incredibly stupid, this is a non story. He stepped down, move on.

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  55. Bermudican says:

    Ok ,
    So did Obama pass him the box of weed or what?
    How difficult can it be to pass a drug test?
    What do they test you on ...?"
    just in case i ever have the chance to take the test... what are a few of the right answers ? Is there like like extra point questions ?
    do they grade it on a curve established by the most recent takers of the test like if say the last ten people got like ten right outta twenty and i get like 7 right, ,,, does that mean i got a passing grade?
    How does that work exactly?

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  56. Truth is killin' me... says:

    If he gets off the possession charge...how about all the other brothas and sistas that got put on the stop list. HYPOCRISY AT IT'S FINEST!!!

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  57. HardTalk says:

    Latest polls indicate that Kermit the Frog is still the hot favorite to replace Mr. Dickerson but Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear say they are still in the running!

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  58. Sandman says:

    Legalisation of pot is a legitimate political position for a candidate to take.
    Being charged for possession is not the end of the world, although of course you have to have a thick skin to deal with the inevitable jokes.

    But what is completely wrong is to be charged for possession, then become a candidate and fail to come clean about it - we want politicians who are transparent, not ones who brush things under the carpet and hope nobody finds out.

    I could have respected Mr Dickerson for coming clean from the start and giving his reasons (whether "I always look after my friends' tobacco tins", or "I smoke the occasional joint, so what"). I cannot respect him for carrying on the usual PLP tactics of trying to deceive us.

    Good on him for resigning - hopefully a life lesson learnt regarding honesty in public office.

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  59. citi zen says:

    Come on people. OBA did not hand young Mr. Dickinson the packet of fags. It is obvious to me that he keeps bad company. Just how often does he get around those who smoke weed? and does he join in! Things that make you say mmm.

    By the way possession is against the Law, have'nt you heard. Charge him like everyone else. I could not have a honeymoon because of 1 joint.(still can't travel with my husband to USA since 1978) so charge him. There should be no acception. At 30 everyone knows better.

    SHAME ON YOU MR DICKINSON!

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  60. Amia says:

    Seriously this is ridiculous so what he was caught with weed people are acting like he killed someone. No it wasn't right, but look at everything he has done and what he has contributed to this island and his party. People make me laugh they love pointing out others faults. I don't know you Makai but keep your head up, people only like talking about and bringing down important people. You made a mistake because you are human, but just take it as a lesson learned.

    I personally don't give a $#^% about politics but what they are doing to you is wrong and I wish you the best in the future.

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  61. List His Achievements says:

    I keep hearing about Makai Dickerson's achievements and community service before I take judgement on this situation can someone of the PLP confirm what his achievements actually are?

    did he complete the mirrors program has he been counselling young adolescents? has been serving soup to the homeless? i have listened to his radio show and do not think that is classified as community service

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  62. Ladeej says:

    I cannot believe the comments some people leave on this website - I had to scroll through them after reading the first few as they are far too negative. Makai, I do not know you, although I listen to you on Sunday nights. You appear to be an intelligent, community-minded, and sensible young man. It is a shame that this has happened. I believe that you would have gone on to do great things had you been successful in your bid to become an MP. You have shown great integrity by stepping down as a candidate. Please ignore the negative element in our society and continue to work on behalf of our people. There are many in your corner. God bless you.

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  63. Bermuda Resident says:

    LOFL -- Politicians in general-Crooked eff'd up peopl that are good at BS. This is why idc about them

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  64. Bermuda Born says:

    I really dont care about politicians! I was born and raised all my life in Bermuda and yet I am not Bermudian(because neither of my parents are Bermudian). The laws these people make and they have the nerve to attempt to draft my sibling and I to serve on their regiment. Disgusting!

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