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Fri 14th Dec 2018

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Medicinal cannabis – Yet another brainless idea from the ULP regime!

The Medical Cannabis Industry Bill, the Cannabis Cultivation (Amnesty) Bill and the Permitted Use of Cannabis for Religious Purpose Bill were presented to the SVG House of Assembly on 10 December 2018.

Hundreds of our youths have been thrown in jail for the use of the HERB, however on 10 December 2018, there was a U-turn by the ULP regime.

One has to ask though, is this really the priority for SVG? Is this industry going to rescue our weak economy from the abyss in which it sits and transform our nation in to a wealthy country? Is this industry going to create billions in revenue?

No. No. No. It is yet another brainless idea from the ULP regime.

The core problem in SVG is not permission to use or grow the HERB, but the destruction of our country by the super-rich, White Migrants in Mustique and Canouan and the dirty dog Taiwan by not paying tax.

The priority for our country is not the HERB. We will not move forward in SVG until we abolish the Mustique Act No 48 OF 2002 and rewrite the SVG Fish ACT 2001, to make sure the super-rich, White Migrants in Mustique and Canouan and the dirty dog Taiwan pay tax.

This is the priority for SVG. This would rescue our weak economy from the abyss and transform our nation in to a wealthy country. This would create billions of dollars in revenue.

Just like the announcement of a cocoa industry, this announcement about medicinal cannabis is blind vision from the ULP regime. Where is the cost / benefit analysis to show that this industry would be a success for SVG? Where are the figures to show at what unit cost we would need to produce to be competitive and how much must we export to sustain any market share?

As with the modern day global banana industry, SVG could never be competitive within the global medicinal cannabis industry. Other places are so far ahead of SVG; SVG is entering the market too late and cannot supply in the quantities of larger suppliers.

The topography of our country – steep, rugged hills - stops SVG from being competitive in this market. Big producers have large plantations on flat land that are highly mechanised. Mechanisation makes their production highly efficient and their unit cost very low.

An SVG medicinal cannabis industry could never be mechanised and so the unit cost will always be too high to be competitive in the global market. SVG is not moving forward and will not move forward if we focus on a medicinal cannabis industry.

High-quality education is the foundation of development. This is what we need in SVG to become a wealthy country. We must give our children a world-class education from pre-school to university, so that they become highly-skilled and knowledgeable and can do highly skilled work and create innovations.

We can fund a high-quality, world-class education system by taxing the super-rich, white migrants in Mustique and Canouan and taxing Taiwan. This will bring billions of dollars in revenue to the SVG Treasury.

The core weakness of our county is not the permission to use or grow the HERB, but the gross incompetence of the ULP regime. They have no idea how to move the country forward and create mass employment and revenue.

Since 2001, we have had 17 years of brainless ideas from the ULP regime; medicinal cannabis is their latest one. Are they high?

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