Subsequent to the recent news of a now-former PLP candidate being found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, at least seven of the election candidates have been asked at press conferences whether they have ever smoked marijuana.
Those admitting they have used marijuana or “had a puff” in the past include Susan Jackson [OBA] and Wayne Perinchief [PLP].
When Minister Perinchief replied he said: “In my younger days, I had one puff yes, and unlike Bill Clinton I did inhale it. Have I been drug tested. Yes. Since I have been a politician. Yes. Was I clear, yes.”
Craig Cannonier [OBA], Jonathan Smith [PLP], Louise Jackson [OBA], and Gaylynne Cannonier [OBA] all said they have not used marijuana.
Mr Smith was the first candidate to be asked the question at a press conference held on Monday [Nov 26]. He said he had not smoked marijuana and noted he did not even drink alcohol. He said he had no problem answering the question, but thought all 70-odd candidates should be asked rather than just single him out.
Bob Richards [OBA] was also asked at today’s press conference and said: “I have been around for 64 years and my answer to you is this. Since I have been in public life I have been drug tested…before that it’s nobodies concern but mine.”
Speaking on decriminalization, Mr Perinchief said “Decriminalization has been discussed at length, and there is developing a consensus that decriminalization of marijuana for small amounts for personal use should be looked at for the future – yes.”
When asked about the same topic, Mr Cannonier said: “It is something that we are reviewing, we are looking at it. We know that is is a concern, our youth group has been looking at it, we’ve asked for feedback from them and we will forward our results when we are done with that.”
Nineteen U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and on November 6th Colorado and Washington state voted to allow recreational use of cannabis.
OBA Leader Craig Cannonier & OBA candidates:
PLP candidates Jonathan Smith and Wayne Perinchief speak on the matter:
Articles that link to this one:
- All Government MPs Subject To Drug Testing | Bernews.com | February 10, 2013
- Marijuana Decriminalization Consultation Paper | Bernews.com | December 29, 2013