Weed talk in Parliament

WHEN youths and concerned Fijians rally behind the banner “Say no to drugs,” I believe all our national leaders including MPs totally support that call.

To read that a suggestion had been made in Parliament to introduce the commercialisation of marijuana farming in the name of commercialised agriculture kind of makes our leaders inconsistent.

The day Fiji legalises marijuana, all the millions of dollars spent in eradicating marijuana plantations in Fiji, will be for nothing as affected farmers will want to plant more to recover their loss.

I believe also that yaqona farmers will switch to marijuana cultivation as it reaps more money in a short amount of time.

Marijuana is illegal in Fiji, but as a nation I believe we have problems associated with it.

Can we truly say with confidence, knowing the Fijian mentality, that the legalisation of marijuana for commercial purposes will not negatively affect the lives of Fijians in the years to come?

Let us not be copycats with the mentality that all other nations have legalised marijuana and therefore we have to do the same.

Most of us who voted the FijiFirst Government into power did so because we want to be part of moving Fiji forward into a new dawn. I believe to turn Fiji into a marijuana country of the South Pacific is definitely not the new dawn that we want for our future generation.

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