Cannabis Reform Rally Held In Hamilton

April 20, 2015

A Cannabis Reform Rally is being held today [Apr 20] at Parliament, calling for the “decriminalization, regulation and tax [or other reform] of cannabis.”

“Are you in favor of the decriminalization, regulation and tax [or other reform] of cannabis? Want to find out what effective cannabis policy could mean for Bermuda? Do you feel prohibition of cannabis is effective?,” the event’s Facebook page says.

Some of the attendees at today’s event:

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“Would you like to communicate with those in favor of prohibition reform? Are you concerned with the ease of access children have to cannabis during its current prohibition? Are cigarettes and alcohol more or less dangerous than cannabis for Bermuda’s health and safety?

“Want to find out what all this fuss is about? If you have a curiosity toward any of these questions come by the western hill of the Parliament Building in Hamilton for information, dialogue, and input from and with the public on this controversial topic.

“Don’t be afraid to take a stand if you want cannabis reform. Please note that this rally is not on behalf of any political party or organization. This is a rally encouraging discussion, reform, and a common sense approach to a subject that is still very taboo to constructively discuss in Bermuda.”

Audio of event organizer Ananda Hill:

Event organizer Ananda Hill said, “I felt that this is long overdue, cannabis reform, and the longer we wait, the more people are going to jail, the more people are not going to have a fresh start at employment once they get out of jail, the more time that the judicial is going to be wasted.

“You have to ask yourself at one point: who’s paying for all of this stuff? We’re hurting ourselves as a country with the laws that are in effect right now.”

Senator Jeff Baron attended the rally, saying “I firstly came up here – I know a lot of these gentlemen here, I consider some of them friends – was to show them some respect and say ‘I appreciate this issue is not only a social issue, but also a government issue.’

“So I wanted to come up here, again, to show them respect, and let them know and remind them that our door’s open, when we’re talking about drug policy reform, our door’s open. When we’re talking about any social issues as well.”

Audio of Senator Jeff Baron:

Senator Baron added, “So it wasn’t just to come up here and say ‘hey, best of luck with your endeavours,’ it was, again, to remind them that we’re committed to sitting down at the table and talking about the next few steps forward with what we’re doing with regards to our drug policy reform.

“We may not agree on everything, but working together is always the best option.”

When asked about the backlash that government has previously faced from some people regarding reform, he said, “There was also a wide amount of support for the steps that we’ve taken and, of course, no matter what decisions you make, or the Premier makes, we’re always going to get some in the community who say ‘they should have done it this way or they could have extended it a bit more.’

“But again, like I said, the reason that I’m up here is to remind everyone that I’m committed, we’re committed, this government is committed, to sitting down at the table. I don’t want to use the word collaboration; it’s now a buzzword, but look, at the end of the day, that’s what it is.

“We’re sitting down and we’re saying ‘hey, I like that idea, I don’t like that idea.’ But respectfully sitting down, looking at each other, and saying ‘what is the best way forward on this and let’s discuss the wider implications.’

“And that’s really why I’m up here and that’s what we have been doing as a government, so that’s really what this is about. Not just today.”

A flyer being made available at the Rally

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Update 6.23pm: A tweet from Opposition MP David Burt today saying, “Bermuda, where we criminalise our citizens and tourists for possession of a plant. Hopeful in 2015 we will end this practice.”



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  1. “Jamaica Senate Passes New Marijuana Law”
    In Jamaica on Friday [Feb 7 2015], the Senate passed Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015 following two weeks of debate. The new law would see the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis a “non-arrestable offence”. A Jamaican Gleaner report said, “The Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015 will make the possession of up to two ounces of ganja a “non-arrestable…” (Research and read more on this article)
    Far too many peoples lives have been hindered / ruin due to having small amounts of “weed” in their possession and for personal use :-( Sad yes, but true…

    • Terry says:

      Raymond have a joint.
      Jamaica is one of the biggest exporters and consumers of Cannabis.
      Your point?

      Plus people flock there to smoke it.
      Tourist trap with a hit.

      • Enough says:

        Yes – let’s be exactly like Jamaica…..weed has solved all their problems in their booming, crime free economy……

        • impressive. says:

          Jamaica isnt the only place, and ironically is only the most recent to decriminalise.

          The following states in the USA have adopted the same policy:

          Alaska
          California
          Colorado
          Connecticut
          District of Columbia
          Maine
          Maryland
          Massachusetts
          Minnesota
          Mississippi
          Nebraska
          Nevada
          New York
          North Carolina
          Ohio
          Oregon
          Rhode Island
          Vermont

          • Mockingjay says:

            Don’t forget about Portugal.

            • Come Correct says:

              Portugal is not a US state as they mentioned. It’s in Europe the place you hate. You just proved you comment under another alias.

              • Mockingjay says:

                I don’t hate Europe, I just hate how they plundered and stole from Aboriginal countries off their resources to build up their own and then murdered them.

        • Colorado Healing says:

          NO lets not be like Jamaica,LETS BE LIKE COLORADO!! That’s been Jamaicas biggest problem to their declining tourism and increasing crime rate….NO MONEY!! Why not cash in on your biggest asset!!! Colorado Government don’t know what to do with all the money that’s rolling in.It is unbelievablehow many jobs have been created since Legalising marijuana! Job adverts are posted everywhere in all fields. There is soo much construction that is going on for new business deriving from Colorado legalizing marijuana.Do your research before ignorantly commenting.

          • Mockingjay says:

            Just like in Bermuda in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s before they cracked down hard.
            I remember when guy’s were buying Brand New Subaru’s CA$H and building houses was common.

    • Mockingjay says:

      Watch their Tourist Industry go Sky HIGH, no pun intended.
      Meanwhile back in Bermuda we fine our tourist $1000.00 for a JOINT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • aceboy says:

        How many people were arrested for weed during the PLP tenure? I see you bleating out David Burt’s knee jerk response but we had 14 years of dragging cruise ship passengers of ships for the $1,000 march to Court under your lot with no change at all to the laws pertaining to weed.

        • mixitup says:

          Yes – And I don’t see anyone currently in PLP fold who back then had the power to make that change.

          • serengeti says:

            What bollocks. Bean, Roban, Burt, Zane, Burgess, Furbert, Blakeney, Weeks, Brown, Wilson and Scott were all either ministers or junior ministers. Burgess was Deputy Premier. Zane was Minister of Health for chrissake.
            Got any more rewriting of history for us?

            • hmmm2 says:

              During the PLP’s tenure, no US State had legalized Marijuana yet. Bermuda never does anything before the US.

              Pointing blame at the PLP shows that you are politically biased. You should look at the marijuana decriminalization/legalization adoption rates first with other countries.

              Colorado passed the amendment November 6, 2012 and marijuana stores didn’t open until January 1, 2014.

              If the OBA were in fact the government for the 14 years, there would have been absolutely no change in cannabis laws in Bermuda.

              • Zevon says:

                I think he was just pointing out that mixitup was talking sh.t as usual.
                The PLP could have changed this law and they didn’t do it. So when they pretend they would do it if elected, they are full of sh.t. They were in power, and did nothing at all about it.
                That’, I’m afraid, is a fact.

          • Mockingjay says:

            This goes back further then 14 years and P.L.P were just as F!@#ed up as U.B.P/oba are.

    • hmmm2 says:

      Decriminalize cannabis! Even the SAGE commission pointed out that cannabis should be decriminalized and steps should be made toward legalization.

      Let’s get it over with and done. I’m tired of the government and Bermuda taking long on just about everything.

      It’s like government can’t get nothing accomplished. It’s just a plant!

      • Mockingjay says:

        Historically de Herb was considered the Brown mans drug because it widely used by Mexicans and African Americans, this was the era when alcohol was ILLEGAL and de Herb was legal.

  2. Kangoocar says:

    Leave the laws as they are!!!!!

    • sage says:

      Go straight to hell.

      • Kangoocar says:

        @sage, did you have a loooonnngg drag off your spliff, just before you told me to ” go straight to hell??” Sorry champ, I Actually anylizise ALL the reprocussions of this weed stuff, because there is more to this than just satisfying your own personal agendas???

        • sage says:

          Re-anylizise ’cause you are clueless.

        • Mike Hind says:

          What repercussions?

          • impressive. says:

            There you are,, Premier Cannonier’s biggest fan,, Where you been bie?

        • Colorado Healing says:

          Saying this all while sipping your liquid death! This “weed stuff” is giving me a better quality of life! Was given 4yrs to live, as long as I have this “weed stuff” I will be around a lot longer than 4yrs! I just left cannabis cup,celebrating with tens of thousands of people and NOT ONE INCIDENT!! Maybe because alcohol wasn’t allowed.

          • Toodle-oo says:

            Out of curiosity , how is your ‘weed stuff’ being administered ?

            • Colorado Healing says:

              I use the CBD,CBN,THC infused oil. Smoking marijuana has not been proven to cure cancer BUT it very effectively alleviates MOST symptoms from MOST diseases.I have been privileged to have one of the worlds best Oncologist that recommended me taking this form of treatment.They too,like Dr Sunja Gupta, were skeptical because of lack of knowledge but now are very supportive of Medical Marijuana.Reading all this misinformation that people have of marijuana is really hilarious.I find it even funnier that most of you getyour false information off the internet from people with an agenda. If you are so concerned take a trip to Colorado and Im almost certain after visiting medical/recreation centers and the knowledge,information and testimonies(people sharing their story) you hear will leave you,at least,with an open mind! From what I have experienced here Bermuda needs to cash in NOW before the rest of the world jumps on the band wagon.People from around the world are traveling to places like Colorado were they wont normally travel and Colorado has lots to offer tourist. WHAT DO WE HAVE?? We need to get rid of the stereotype of “marijuana users” being lazy, hippie looking,wall sitting stoners. Haha that is far from the truth! FAR FROM IT!!!

              • Toodle-oo says:

                Thank you for the clarification , and I’m very happy to hear that this is working for you . I have no doubt that there many things that ‘medical cannabis’ can help with .
                But not trying to be pedantic , I think that way too many of the ‘legalize it ‘ crowd bandy about the term ‘medical marijuana’ without saying that it’s really only marijuana derivatives and refined products from marijuana that they ought to be talking about.

                I believe , like many others , that their agenda is to spread the false impression that smoking herb actually cures anything.

                • Colorado Healing says:

                  No I haven’t heard anyone say that SMOKING marijuana cures cancer but from experience I know for a FACT that it helps with nausea,vomiting, non appetite, headache,insomnia, body ache etc. Most symptoms from most diseases and its a proven fact.In lotsof cases there is no form of cure for disease but for many smoking to alleviate the pain is just as good!So smoking marijuana does have many benefits!

        • smh says:

          Kangoocar is Deluded obvioulsy.

    • Mockingjay says:

      Yup, while the legal drug alcohol is killing on a daily basis.

    • Kangoocar says:

      Gee??? Check this out, I have more ” dislikes already ” than actually showed up to this non event?? Also we have. ” rum swizzle Burt ” tweeting his support, funny thing, the plp had 14 yrs to deal with this issue and they didn’t, why is that??? Just more from the plp trying to jump on any bandwagon that they think, will get them re-elected?? Sorry plp this issue is not the way?? When all is taken into consideration with this issue by those that actually understand the reprocessions, example being, our pre US customs/immigration at the airport along with other major social issues, I think anyone with half a brain will come to the conclusion this is NOT the way to go!!! The plp leader that actually has stated he gave ganja tea to young child is not an opinion I am willing to listen too!!!!

      • Brian says:

        When you actually open your eyes and see the amount of people medical weed has saved, then revisit your previous comments. If you still agree with what you said you accept people dying when they don’t have to. To me makes you a murderer.

      • WOLF says:

        I tried to imagine this being said to me in person, but I don’t think anyone is actually this stupid.

      • I heard the PLP will never legalize weed in bda

        • Mockingjay says:

          And I heard Blacks and whites will live harmoniously as one, and Blacks will be treated as equals without prejudice and discrimination.

      • War on drugs tactic. Put big sign in airport saying Turn Your Self In if you are being used as a mule. We will help you to help Bermuda
        We will not throw you to the dogs.

    • Think about it says:

      With so many dislikes on his comment, why didn’t you dislikes attend the rally?

      • Rights for All says:

        Why keep the laws as they are? Consider this. You are in a car and get stopped. In the car is a case, or more, of liquor. One bottle is half empty. The driver is tested for DWI and comes out negative. No law is broken and no consequences.

        Now another car is stopped and in it is 1 gram of cannabis. The driver is charged because it is his car. He is tested and is negative. Despite this he is charged with possession and is convicted and receives a criminal record. Is this fair and just?

        That is one example of why the law has to be changed. There are many more similar examples.

    • Don’t want your pocket hurt can’t blame you making too much money off people

    • hmmm2 says:

      Kangoocar, go hind under a rock. Stop trolling!

    • hmmm2 says:

      Kangoocar, go hide under a rock!

  3. me says:

    I wouldn’t want to see drugs made legal in Bermuda. I don’t care what they do in Jamaica.

    • Um Um Like says:

      Marijuana isn’t a drug. It’s a plant. Relax the laws, decriminalize, legalize. Call it whatever you want to call it – just do something! Don’t just talk about it! And hurry up on the medical side! None of this synthetic crap!

      • huh? says:

        Heroin comes from the Poppy plant, cocaine from the coca plant…what’s your point exactly? Many plants exist that are poisonous or harmful. I don’t get how marijuana being a “plant” means anything. Not that I’m against decriminalizing or even legalizing marijuana. I just don’t get the whole “plant” thing.

        • Where does all the morphine in all hospitals come from?
          Just asking

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

            probably from Afghanistan, where the US Military is protecting the poppy fields, ensuring safe delivery for Big Pharma’s manufacturing industry…

        • Hey huh who is growing all the poppies for the morphine in the hospitals. Who is selling to the hospitals
          What do we know about the buying and selling. Can you explain

        • pabear says:

          hey huh? what heroin come right out of a poppy plant or cocaine from coca plants you need to go back to school those drug are refined from those plants not growing bags of coke and heroin from them ***hole

        • smh says:

          huh your comment lacks substance…u grow weed u smoke it,drink it, or eat it…Grow a cocoa plant smoke it see if u get high….smoke poppy seed see if u get high. With the two later plants you have to add other ingredients to make cocaine or Heroin. What you add to A Marinuana plant?

      • cole says:

        Heroin is from a plant too numbnut

      • jim hill says:

        “Marijuana isn’t a drug. It’s a plant”.
        That argument has no merit.
        Some of the worlds deadliest poisons come from plants.
        Heroin and cocaine come from plants.
        If marijuana has an effect on you mentally or physically, it IS a drug.

        • hmmm2 says:

          So why aren’t they illegal? We might as well make Poison Ivy illegal too! Right? Poison Ivy is “Actually Harmful”.

          Anyways, cannabis needs to at least be decriminalized. It should be my choice whether or not I want to consume the plant. If I want to eat lettuce then let me eat lettuce. If I want to grow and consume cannabis then I should be able to do so.

          If you feel as an individual that you don’t want to consume cannabis then don’t. But you have no right to tell other’s they can’t especially given the fact that Alcohol, which is “Poison” is legal and can be consumed by anybody over the age of 18.

        • Mockingjay says:

          @ jim hill those drugs you mentioned have toxic chemicals mixed with them to enhance the potency unlike de Herb which has natural effects like de Charlotte’s web strain that stopped the little girl from having multiple seizures.

          • Colorado Healing says:

            Speaking of seisures! At cannabis cup Denver a boy had a seizure and was given cannabis oil and in seconds came around to applause and loud cheers! The mom then stated to the crowd that she was once against marijuana and thought it actually made you feel like you were flying.She said,while her son suffers from about an average of 2 seizures a week, its a lot better than a few a day.Lets not hope all those who oppose Marijuana will not find themselves in a position were a loved one is in need of this plant medicine because YOU WILL BE SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE! PEOPLE LIKE KANGOOCAR WILL FIND OUT THE HARD WAY! I don’t wish anything bad to Kangoocar or his family members but GOD works in ways were he puts you in situations like these were you find out the hard way because people like Kangoocar have “one way” thinking.

        • umum says:

          “Some of the worlds deadliest poisons come from plants.
          Heroin and cocaine come from plants.
          If marijuana has an effect on you mentally or physically, it IS a drug.”

          Like caffeine and nicotine?

          • Mockingjay says:

            Is caffeine and nicotine legal ?

            • jim hill says:

              Nicotine, in its pure form, is highly toxic and not legal here.
              In its diluted form, it is available by prescription only.
              Only as a component of cigarettes/tobacco is it readily available here.
              That isn’t because it’s harmless, or just a plant, but because ‘Big Tobacco’ has the money to persuade lawmakers to keep it legal and available.

              • umum says:

                and caffeine?
                It alters the mind and body, but is readily available and legal.
                Try to stay on topic.

        • Just a Thought says:

          Well, Tobacco is a plant, that is also cured, for people to smoke. We also know what the cancer, lung disease, heart disease etc. rates are but yet, Tobacco is still legal. Vodka, Beer and Wine are made from fermented fruits and flowers which also classify as “plants or plant derivatives” but Alcohol is still legal given the health conditions associated with that. Now, Let’s talk about health conditions associated with Marijuana. Oh right, there are none with the exception that some may have schizophrenic episodes if they smoke or ingest it, but most have that as a preexisting condition or are predisposed due to genetics. *drops mic and walks off the stage*

    • sage says:

      Worse drugs are legal here, theres a thing called education, try it you may like it.

    • impressive. says:

      these states in the USA have done the same thing FYI

      Alaska
      California
      Colorado
      Connecticut
      District of Columbia
      Maine
      Maryland
      Massachusetts
      Minnesota
      Mississippi
      Nebraska
      Nevada
      New York
      North Carolina
      Ohio
      Oregon
      Rhode Island
      Vermont

  4. Joey-Bag-O'Doughnuts says:

    If it is hard to get people to work on time as it is now imagine them coming in stoned at lunch time, if that.

    • sage says:

      Stop stereotyping, some of our most diligent hard workers happen to also smoke herb.

    • No Panic says:

      Its all about decisions. You COULD show up to work drunk at lunch time. You COULD show up to work without pants too. Does it have to be a law to stop you from showing up at work high? Say’s alot about you.

  5. It’s not that I’m suggesting, “making all drugs legal” but I do advocate decriminalizing small amounts of “weed” for personal use.
    Jamaica hasn’t legalized “ganja” they’ve “decriminalized” it. (Granted, 3 oz is a substantial amount to have in ones possession)I justify my support on this fact, many people, young and old wouldn’t become stigmatized because they had chose to smoke “weed” over drinking alcohol.
    I believe one of the major problems the police face is how can they “test” an individual to see whether they’re under the influence of “weed” :-(

    • Tolerate says:

      @Raymond Ray, please see this as the question that it is and not a disagreement to what you have said regarding “decriminalizing small amounts of “weed” for personal use”. I find this impossible and stand to be corrected.
      Firstly there are basically three questions regarding cannabis that our lawmakers have to consider; 1. legalize cannabis for medical purposes, 2. decriminalize cannabis up to a certain amount and 3. legalize cannabis up to a certain amount.
      1. Legalize cannabis for medical purposes is all but a done deal; and in my opinion it should be. I will NEVER deny a person from any drug/plant that has the ability to relieve their pain. The school is still out on cannabis being a cure; but it’s close, and should fall under legalization.
      2. Moving on decriminalization; this is a tricky one. As you stated, decriminalizing for personal use, is contradictory. This is bordering on legalization? If cannabis is NOT legal, than how can you decriminalize it for personal use? It is still not legal to produce/import and purchase. I understand; and stand by the difference in that if an amount is decided on, and an individual is found to have that amount in their possession, they will not be prosecuted by law, thus not resulting in a criminal record. But what if they are caught the next week, and the next and the next? Is there a time-line for repeat offence when a criminal charge will be vended out; or will it be left open for abuse? After all it is illegal.
      3. And most important, if cannabis is legalized, the government should license growers (as it is now LEGAL for a certain amount), thus it needs to be legally accessible? Is this an avenue for the government to tax? I don’t think Bermuda with it’s population will see millions over night in the government coffers like Colorado. However, there is a balance to the negative effect that it will introduce to our society.
      So I think we really are down to ONE topic to discuss as medical cannabis has pretty much been passed; and we agree there should be a limit before a criminal sentence is given (this is not considered for personal use).
      Legalize for a certain amount or don’t.
      IMO

      • @ Tolerate: You’ve made a few relevant points that one can / should view, e.g. this: “…we really are down to ONE topic to discuss as medical cannabis has pretty much been passed; and we agree there should be a limit before a criminal sentence is given (this is not considered for personal use).
        Legalize for a certain amount or don’t.”

  6. Mikasa.A says:

    they would have it on 4/20 lol..

  7. uncle says:

    @me and @kangoocar how would you feel if the only thing thats been proven to kill cancer is illegal and one of your close loved ones had no choice but to die with out a fight because all the people with your mindset think about is weed lazy people and munchies like come on morphine codeine all u can OD what about life threatening allergies but they allow it

    • Kangoocar says:

      I see your point but, medicinal cannibus use is actually already legal, next!!!!

      • Legalize It says:

        @kangoocar.. get your facts right medical cannabis is not at all legal… A synthetic form of cannabis was made legal.

        • Um Um Like says:

          Bingo! Medical equivalent is trash! Might as well pump yourself with chemicals!

          Let’s not forget about alzheimers. Pardon the pun, poor taste I know, but it affects my family, which is one of the reasons I want marijuana (not fake crap) legalized.

          This is another opportunity for Bermuda to get with the times… We still have an opportunity to be the leaders of this. US laws still restrict research. Charge our laws and we will be able to prove to the world how beneficial this PLANT is!

        • sage says:

          With the permission of TWO doctors, patient autonomy unheard of I guess.

    • me says:

      I don’t have a problem with legitimate medicinal drugs. It just bothers me when I walk past the cricket field where kids are playing and there is a very strong stench of weed. These places should be grounds for positive activities, not weed smoking. I’m suspecting most people who want to legalize Marijuana don’t have medical issues. I smoke occasionally, discreetly in the privacy of my home with no children present.

      • sage says:

        Don’t you smell the cigarettes, they actually do stink.

        • me says:

          That’s why they are being banned in most public places.

          • sage says:

            That’s why people congregate outside offices and bars smoking on the public streets instead, guess the street doesn’t count for cancer sticks, it’s illegal to drink in public supposedly, explain how there is a bar in a pop up tent in the walkway outside the restaurant at a public beach. Hypocrisy.

      • Grizz says:

        how about walking cross the cricket field where all the adults are drinking alcohol? Drinking alcohol, though it is legal, isn’t positive either.

  8. Legalize It says:

    It is time for people to open their eyes to the fact that this plant is harmless unless it is smoked.. It has been proven to kill cancer cells and all the big pharmaceutical companies know this as well but due the fact that it is a plant that can be grown by the average person and potentially cause them to lose lots of money.. Hence the reason why it was made illegal in the first place.. But most people would rather listen to all the false propaganda then educating themselves.. Cannabis has killed no one. .. Legalize It

  9. 32n64w says:

    This is an important discussion and Bermudians should engage in an open, frank and honest dialogue.

    With this in mind, one of the placards suggests there are more people jailed for cannabis related offenses annually than births. However, the local birth rate is about 740 per annum which appears at odds with the poster when considering a recent Bernews article article that mentioned a local prison population of approximately 270 persons.

  10. Zevon says:

    That list of “facts” is questionable at best.
    Does seven people constitute a “rally” these days?

    • Come Correct says:

      Does 1000 people not knowing what they are marching for constitute as one?

  11. Mike Hind says:

    It’s time we stopped sending our young men to jail for a victimless crime.

    • Colorado Healing says:

      I agree Mike! What Hypocrisy,locking up our young men,specifically black men, for selling marijuana while white men are finding ways(Medical/recreational grow farms) to profit doing the same thing!

  12. mumbojumbo says:

    It “the subject”…is not taboo!….it is being vilified…please remember is will be those with interests innit who villify it….it will be cronies etc…if…”they” feel they have a reduction in monies or control of profits from it it will be a formal vilification and denigration off it…let people know when you intend to rally and publisize it ahead of time…..it needs to be unvillified!…..hell I’ll go…let’s show premier Dunkley…and anybody else needs to know…we desire free choice…because you don’t agree with it doesn’t make it not right…

  13. anydeeng says:

    The rally was a successful as it was intended to disseminate info to people, and collect contact info for those willing to contribute to an effective Lobby for reform.

  14. Legalize It says:

    Our economy is in its worst state… Legalize, tax and regulate is the way to go simple as that. . U never hear anyone talking about cutting down or making the oleander tree illegal and it’s poisonous. .. Yet we continue to fight against a plant with so much heading potential. . It’s only grass..

  15. Lone Wolf says:

    What is the difference if a person buys one ounce and uses it until it is gone and then buys another ounce and uses it until it is gone and then buys another ounce and so on and so on ……. Or if they just buy a pound and use it until it is gone and so on?

    If you are going to do anything, legalize it entirely. It is cheaper to buy by the pound than to buy an ounce at a time. That is true with ANYTHING that consumers buy.

    Quit messing around with all kinds of idiotic rules/laws that were only ever put in place to keep the rich man rich!

    LEGALIZE it and let’s move on to real issues please!

    • Lone Wolf says:

      OR … leave it illegal. All the smokers know where to get it anyway. No-one who smokes weed really cares if it is legal or not. They are going to do it anyway. And once they’ve been busted and put on the ‘stop list’ that just gives them more freedom to smoke MORE because what have they got to lose at that point?

      So … DO SOMETHING or put the issue to bed.

      • Sara says:

        You are so misinformed. MOST people that ingest cannabis would like it to be legal so they can either buy good quality nontoxic locally grown cannabis or grow their own as it is ridiculously expensive in Bermuda. Also, many don’t partake because it IS illegal and they don’t want to go to jail! And many more need safe legal cannabis for strictly medical reasons so they aren’t going to go buy some toxic moldy s*** on the street. You really shouldn’t be speaking on behalf of people if you don’t really know anything.

  16. guy says:

    No drug no matter how bad it is should be worth jail time for USAGE. Why send them to a place reserved for actual criminals you know the rapists, and the ones guilty of murder? Look at Portugal, decriminalization of all drugs yet drug usage has gone down and its working wonders there, drug addicts need rehab not to be put behind bars. This being said what is really to be seen wrong with marijuana? It has various very useful medical purposes(the main reason that it is illegal, there is no other explanation. Big companies would rather you buy their drugs with 20 kinds of negative side effects than be able to grow a plant and help yourself) people under the influence of THC in marijuana are completely aware of it and in their right mind and thus act accordingly thus not being a menace to society and or killing themselves and possibly others(yes drunkies i am talking about you), all you want to do when you light up a spliff is kick back and relax…… it’s not physically addictive so no head banging headaches(see caffeine, tobacco). But hey id rather be addicted to weed than some of these legal drugs out there, the only reason this is still an argument is because of the big corporations that benefit from weed
    being legal simple as that.

    http://mic.com/articles/110344/14-years-after-portugal-decriminalized-all-drugs-here-s-what-s-happening now give this a read, i tell you stats don’t lie, drugs will forever be around theres no getting away but users don’t need or deserve to be locked away forever.

  17. Real Deal says:

    Just a reminder, weed was not created to be smoked!

    • sage says:

      I take it you created it.

    • Mike Hind says:

      Weed was not created. It’s natural.

    • Sara says:

      Just a reminder, not everyone who consumes cannabis smokes it, but I am sure you already knew that;)

  18. Timbuc says:

    With the amout of folks that blaze up here on this rock and only less than ten showed up!!! Yeah ok

  19. 420 big up says:

    I say stop wasting me and the rest of the taxpayers money and legalize this plant. It not the main gateway drug as others claim, alcohol is! Why is that legal? You poison yourself repeatedly. Most drunk people try other drugs! And apparently you don’t have hit and runs on weed either. I know it’s not the most appropriate comment to say at this moment but the proof is in the pudding. Bermuda wake up! Stop letting these Handful of high ups keep this from being legal while lining there own pockets. Weed is one of the few plants that naturally attracts humans. It caters itself to humans as fruiting trees cater to birds so it can reproduce. This is scientifically proven check that one out

    • Portia says:

      “apparently you don’t have hit and runs on weed either”

      Driving when you are high is equally as dangerous as driving when you are drunk. In both cases, the body is impaired and/or mental state is altered and the person is likely to lose control of the vehicle. Many people become drowsy or hazy-minded after smoking weed, and this is a risk to everyone on the road who is NOT high. So, if Bermuda ever DID legalize or criminalize weed, then I would expect that it should be treated the same as alcohol – that you can indulge in it if you choose, but driving under the influence should be prohibited.

      • sage says:

        Why do we allow 0.8 when we know alcohol impairs so seriously? And I bet you suggest “zero tolerance” for herb right?

      • I see you have been high on cannabis and driven dangerously
        Good to be honest

      • Grizz says:

        Sorry Portia I have to disagree with you. Driving high is NOT equally as dangerous as driving while drunk. Am I correct in assuming that you don’t smoke? There really isn’t a comparison….drunk driving is far more dangerous

      • Colorado Healing says:

        You do realize that Tylenol impairs the body and alters the mind. The reason why most people run to the medicine cabinet when the get a head or body ache! MOST PEOPLE USE EXTRA-STRENGTH too! Wonder why!?!?

  20. The Truth and Nothing but the Truth says:

    Keep the pics coming, I need to know who not to hire!

    • sage says:

      Go bar hopping all night, wake up in a pool of vomit, in a strangers home you drove to, on a regular basis? You’re hired!

    • Sara says:

      You are hilarious! Big pharma and alcohol in your back pocket!

    • I guess you getting all our money

    • We need to know who you are more importantly

    • Colorado Healing says:

      Im a user and advocate for the Legalization of marijuana. I am also an EMPLOYER!!Stereotyping again?? I would hire someone who indulges in marijuana outside of working hours over someone who comes to work reeking of alcohol and vomit breath from the night before and hugging the toilet all day.Has anyone ever asked you for the day off because they smoked too much marijuana the day before? I can tell you of many examples relating to alcohol!!

  21. pabear says:

    i keep reading that cannabis use will harm you well how would putting cannabinoid in your body be bad when we have an endocannabinoid system in us so if you smoke,eat,drink,or use as a depository how is something our bodies make gonna harm us

  22. Yes I says:

    Although it has not caused any deaths, it somehow makes one spend countless hours watching UFOs and other space related conspiracies on Youtube!! Should someone go to jail for smoking? No…But legalization maybe too ambitious.

    • Grizz says:

      I don’t know what sort of weed you smoked, or you’ve seen people smoke but it does not hardly make you spend countless hours watching UFOs or the other crap you talk about. Where do you people get this stuff???!!!!

    • Colorado Healing says:

      AND ALCOHOL MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE SUPERMAN AND CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD!!At least UFO watchers know they have a better chance at seeing a UFO then ever becoming Clark Kent!AND THEY MAKE ALCOHOL LEGAL? Chew on that kryptonite!!

  23. Sara says:

    It is SOOOO OBVIOUS that people in Bermuda are purposely dragging their feet on this issue. The great thing is many more states are set to legalize for recreational and 23 states are already legalized for medical. Hell even D.C. has legalized for recreational and that is the HOME for the federal government. LOL These states with recreational cannabis will get all the tourism and Bermuda will continue to suffer. Bermuda may choose to be the last place on the face of the Earth to address this issue. We can all her good old behind Bermuda.

  24. bagheera says:

    i think that marijuanna get togethers should reflect the amount of people who atually want the change…people advertise ahead …like a month…and i will attend….i personally would like to see thirty fourty thousand more there and please…if you are there sign the various petitions…lets put them on floppy and send in the numbers……constituents have the power to make reform happen…Bermuda needs this for tourism…economically….and as a society as a whole!

  25. blow in says:

    why not decrimelise all crimes then you would have a CRIME FREE ISLAND,

    • Sara says:

      Do YOU REALLY think an herb that we can easily grow in our garden should be illegal? Is it any of your business what I put in my body and grow in my garden as long as I am not harming others? Do you eat sugar and trans fatty foods? I think sugar and fried foods should be illegal as they cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many autoimmune disorders. Do you think they should be illegal? Is it my business if you or anyone else consumes these foods?

      • blow in says:

        go suck on a nettle and feel the buzz

        • Sara says:

          Your communication skills are amazing! It is obvious who has not done their research. Google is your friend.

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

          go find me a nettle…i won’t suck on it til after i have brewed it into a wonderfully refreshing anti inflammatory tea.

  26. Looks like we don’t need the law anymore only 15 people on the hill for weed
    I guess the drug lords are out of business

  27. bermuda has cancer says:

    my whole country has cancer from its megalomaniac brain to its jackboot soles. cluster cells of control freaks are everywhere doing everything to prevent the effect of any cures. we are told to kneel and wait for the most modern slave ships which will somehow save us. meanwhile we can buy liquor on sundays and condescendingly talk about weed sometimes as if it wasn’t in our containers or our friends bank accounts.

  28. Forethebest says:

    Sucking smoke from any source into your lungs is not a good idea! Artificial mind altering is also not good as it reduces one’s ability to reason efficiently in one’s best interest. However, one could make the argument that in a free society one should have the right to decide if they want to impair their lung efficiency and ability to reason appropriately, if they wish.

    • Sara says:

      You DO know that you don’t have to smoke cannabis to consume right? You DO know that sugar and caffeine alter ones mind right?

    • umum says:

      Burning fossil fuels should be banned, the smoke from their combustion is far worse.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      and the source of your beliefs were indoctrinated by …who??

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      but i certainly agree with your last few words about people having the RIGHT to smoke…it is a Human Right to be able to smoke just as the LGBT’s are fighting for their RIGHT. So who are you exactly.. to be denying OTHERS their RIGHTS???

  29. kim says:

    what worst than the drugs the doctors give us?

  30. blow in says:

    Next campaign is uni cycles for one legged people, IDIOTS R US can always find a cause

    • Sara says:

      I bet your wife, peers, parents have never mentioned that you are judgmental, selfish, or narcissistic have they? Your posts reek of all of those things.

  31. Sara says:

    I wonder how many Bermudians will be heading to Washington or Colorado state for vacation in these next few years? Any guesses? Washington and Colorado are laughing laughing laughing ALL THE WAY to the BANK!!!

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

    i just can’t wrap my brain around the fact that we are talking to the uninformed, why are they even in a position of power, that’s like having the wrong part to fix your car, if i was a politician and heard my people’s voice, if i was not up to date on the subject i would certainly want to know ALL there is to know about it and would research the known and unknown aspects of said subject before making an unbiased decision which not only affects ME but the country as a whole.

    ps. it will be widely available soon as Monsanto has patented it’s seed…in other words ONLY Monsanto’s seed, as with every other HORRIFIC GMO product will be available to you.

    and for all of you other FOOLS bringing up the other poisonous plants…how many people are consuming these on a regular basis ..?? the wonders of the human body…learn about it…even animals instinctively know what is edible or not.
    to the uninformed please don’t get insulted by me calling you DUMB…go and get informed, if not then please don’t go away mad,just go away.